In Tokyo, the Olympic show goes on amid the pandemic. Can fans feel good about cheering?
None of this is to suggest that sports can’t be played amid a pandemic. They can. The NBA bubbles are examples of how teams and support staff, and the journalists who cover it all, can safely isolate, compete and report on the games. But those players isolated for nearly 80 days, much longer than the span of these Summer Games. The NBA bubble consisted of 22 of its 30 teams, comprising hundreds of people, whereas the Olympics will host more than 11,000 competitors, coaches and staff from around the world.