The contingency plan is that they would bubble the players and they would play in an empty stadium
Not going to work.
I can't understand how anybody could think it would?
1) How is bubbling going to be any different to what they have now, and look what happened.
2) To be effective you'd have to move players, coaches, staff, venue staff, refs, caterers, domestics, and all their families into an isolation complex. If you're going to do that, why not spend LESS money accommodating them elsewhere with less restrictions?
3) Even if you only got a few hundred NBL fans to a game in Tassie, isn't that better than NO fans in Melbourne?
4) How are you going to get other teams into and out of this supposed bubble. The Wildcats certainly won't be going, because they'd have to quarantine on return to Perth.
5) Even if the teams are bubbled, anybody coming from Melbourne is going to be treated much stricter, so travelling interstate is going to be much tougher.
Perth is making money from the AFL, and when Optus goes to full Capacity, they will be raking it in. Plus dreamers think we have a shot at Hosting the GF. NBL just doesn't have that same clout.
As it stands, if things aren't loosened here, Perth may have to relocate interstate, just to get around the 2-week quarantine.
We have 4 months, and I suspect most states will be anxious to wind back the restrictions, but the irony there is that the more we ease general restrictions, the LESS we will trust people travelling from Melbourne.