A surge in coronavirus cases and game postponements has led to tighter rules about player interactions, on and off the court. But it’s not always clear where the outbreaks began.
Irving, the star Nets guard, was found to have violated the N.B.A.’s coronavirus health and safety protocols that bar players from attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people.
Coronavirus cases, and game postponements, are piling up less than a month into the season. The league is turning to stricter rules off and on the court, but that may not be enough.
For at least the next two weeks, players won’t be allowed to leave their homes except for basketball activities and essential activities. Also: No more handshakes.
Businesses like Henkel, a big German chemical company, are trying wearable sensors to prevent virus outbreaks among workers.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Nets continued a game even though a player who had been on the bench learned during play that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The pandemic has all but shut down the income streams for halftime performers, who typically make $1,500 to $5,000 a show. The emotional toll is high as well.
The coronavirus changed sports. But it also changed us. Will our connection as fans always be divided into a before, and an after?
Multiple positive or inconclusive virus tests, and a health protocol breach, left the Rockets with too few players to compete in their season opener.
Whether they broke down the news or broke up the day, The Times’s live discussions, demonstrations and performances this year offered audiences something rare: a sense of connection.
Playing without a bubble during the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been smooth for sports leagues that tried this fall. Now it’s the N.B.A.’s turn.
The league is embarking on a season with restrictions but no bubble: Yes to trips to Whole Foods. No to crowded elevators and the hotel gift shop.
Social activism and the pandemic dominated 2020, and the sports world responded in kind.
This was the year of the bubble and of players forcefully demanding racial justice.
The state of Wisconsin is a microcosm of the financial devastation the pandemic has brought the sports industry, and those who rely on it.
Durant, the Nets star, said he felt “solid” after missing all of last season with an Achilles’ tendon injury. It has been almost 18 months since his last N.B.A. game.