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NBL Imports - Travel Restrictions

Depending on who you listen to, it's likely there will be severe international travel restrictions into Australia well into next year.

Surely that places doubt on the ability of the league to be a 2-import league for 2020/21. Yes, there might be the odd import already in Australia, but the majority wouldn't be here.

This could potentially leave some clubs at a significant advantage over others.

Is it time for the NBL to rule a line over the 2020/21 being a season with imports?

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Anonymous  
Last month

I believe there are certain exemptions for travel from overseas, like travelling for work, which could allow the imports to come here.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Connor henry in the country after coming from America

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Anonymous  
Last month

Expect with reductions in numbers entering the country the priority for travel to Australian will be given the returning Australians.

Ideally we'd open up travel again soon as pretty much every other country has done.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Ha ha, yeah, nah. Keep those borders closed please.

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Anonymous  
Last month

We shouldn't be following the lead of any other country at all.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Imports will be fine, they'll obtain some sort of 'essential worker' exemption to enter the country. Exactly the same as Coach Henry. Serve the two weeks quarantine and voila!

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Anonymous  
Last month

Open up the country, no thank you. Stupid is stupid.

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Thunder Jam  
Last month

14 days in a hotel, not that hard to work out is it?

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D2.0  
Last month

Nah, lock down those airports!

Sorry Nick, no flights to Europe

Welcome Duop

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Double Clutch  
Last month

What will change is that teams will want to nail the import selections. No cutting mid-season and rushing a player in.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Basketballers are an essential workers? Yeah, Nah. Let's open up the borders like the stupid Vics :(

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Anonymous  
Last month

You'd be surprised what passes as 'essential work', I've seen many laughable things.

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LV  
Last month

Morrison was very clear about this from Day 1- an essential worker is someone with a job. I know that sounds ridiculous, but he was saying basically, all work is important and the economy needs to keep running, so keep doing your job.

In other words "Essential" is just a spin word to boost morale in the population.

Import selection will be more crucial than ever, due to likely ongoing travel delays meaning extra difficulty in switching imports mid season.

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MACDUB  
Last month

I think that the "essential worker visa" is going to be harder to put in place than what everything thinks.
Not because it's hard to do on its own accord - but because it raises the floodgate arguments/preferential treatment.
It’s becoming a brewing issue in NZ (or soon to be). Essential workers coming into the country but partners and other family members been kept out. It could get messy.

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Anonymous  
Last month

If we don't open up there’ll be no tax paid and no money to keep feeding the half of Adelaide that will be out of work

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Anonymous  
Last month

Then the government needs to increase and expand stimulus payments.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yeah let's just continue to increase the amount of handouts we get and the country goes further and further into the financial shitter. Brilliant.

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Anonymous  
Last month

As per posters above, there's no problem with getting imports into the country, other than the need for them to test negative and spend a couple of weeks in quarantine. Clubs won;t be worried about the couple of thousand that will cost them, per import. Although it may mean imports are less likely to be game ready when they come out of quarantine. So the point above about getting import selection right is a good one.

A bigger threat to NBL is the risk that state and territory border restrictions may still be in place come December. Victoria will be in lockdown for at least another month and presumably will take a month or so after that to ease back restrictions. That'll take us to the end of September. Borders with other states and territories might open up a month or so after that, depending on case numbers in Victoria. So end of October. That'll be only 5 weeks before the NB: season is due to start. That's a best case scenario and presumes the NSW outbreaks don't explode like Victoria's have. It also presumes no further major outbreaks arise. It also presumes rapid re-opening of borders if and when the current outbreak is controlled.

If you think the above is too pessimistic, then consider this. In the initial wave of COVID-19 cases, Victoria's average new cases per day peaked at 56 on March 27, then fell to 2 by April 28 (a month later). In early June, that average was around 6 per day and SA said it would reopen the border a month and a half later - i.e., reopening borders 12 weeks after Victoria's 56 per day peak. That decision was rescinded within 3 weeks, after Victoria's current outbreak began. In the past week, Victoria's averaged over 270 new cases per day (five times the initial wave's peak) and it's still going up.

I think the NBL should be nervous.

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Anonymous  
Last month

As crapy as it might be, start the season in a hub. Pick a smaller stadium in Perth and Brisbane and play out of there. Hopefully get a bit tv money on board.

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koberulz  
Last month

The big question is how proactively Victoria is testing. Initially you had to have symptoms to get tested, so there was a two week lag between lockdowns and a drop in cases. If that's still the case, then the numbers right now are still pre-lockdown and thus not a massive concern in terms of dragging things out. If they're more up to date than that due to asymptomatic testing, that's a much worse scenario.

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Anonymous  
Last month

koberulz - Victoria has been carrying out community testing for the last 4 weeks, throughout the 'hotspots'. They've had teams in shopping centres and other community hubs, offering tests to everyone who wants them.

That's been in addition to their continuing testing of symptomatic people.

Restrictions began in the 10 'hotspot postcodes' on 30 June - 18 days ago. New case trends appear to have peaked and turned down in a couple of the local government areas concerned (Moonee Valley and Moreland), but are still increasing in the others. (Victoria don't publish postcode data on new cases, just LGA data.)

Whole of Melbourne lockdowns were imposed on 8 July - 10 days ago. The hope is that new case numbers will plateau in the next week, according to Victoria's Chief Health Officer.

NSW have now detected new cases in the same area (Casula) as the Crossroads Hotel and Planet Fitness clusters, but which are apparently not linked to those clusters. i.e., potential undetected community transmission.

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robt  
Last month

In the case of immigratiom/travel, I believe that "essential" basically means , essential to the industry concerned. Hense how we get any imports in, any time.

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Mike  
Last month

It's not the number of people that receive positive test results. Everyone seems to test positive. A government in Africa sent samples in soaked in fruit and a goat that came back positive. He sent all the other tests back unopened. Other tests show false positives if you've ever had a cold. There's a bunch of tests and they all have their problems. Read about them . Plenty good info on internet.
It's the number of deaths that's the key. And those numbers are going down all over the world. Flu season is about over. Like ever other year. But there's an agenda going on that's not going to let this thing die out. Too much to gain for them to allow this to go away.
In America the Democrats are saying openly out loud that they want all the blue states and cities closed down until after the e!ection and cheat with mail in ballots to get rid of the bad orange man. It's no secret in the US. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Want this thing to go away? Stop testing. That's what Obama did in 2015 with that years flu. Not that many people dieing of this thing. But they sure are acting like there are.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Comparing the flu to covid, yeah right. Oh boy.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Mike....you are an idiot

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D2.0  
Last month

It's not a huge issue, it will just make for interesting rumours:
"Player X is rumoured to be in country and going through quarantine in a Sydney hotel"

Obviously clubs will have to play it a bit smarter, there'll be no more new imports playing whilst still jet-lagged. And yes, no more leaving it to game 20~21 to decide to replace somebody.

Plus the actual logistics may be expensive and complicated. You may find that it's actually hard to get a player to the point of departure.
Flights will presumably be way less frequent and more expensive.

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