Sports Teams Struggle to Stay Ahead of Virus as Omicron Spreads
(Bloomberg) -- The sports world is struggling to keep pace with the pandemic.
Professional games around the world are showing the impact of surging cases and the omicron variant. Manchester United in the U.K., the Calgary Flames in Canada and the Chicago Bulls in the U.S. all had games called off this week.
On Monday, 36 players were placed on the National Football League’s reserve/Covid-19 list as a result of positive tests, the largest number of additions since its creation in 2020, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported. The situation is likely to get worse, with more than 25 additional positive cases expected Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Covid-positive players are popping up across the NFL. On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns placed eight players on the Covid list. The team’s game Saturday against the Raiders remains on as scheduled for now, according to Pelissero.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey tested positive for Covid, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Netowrk reported.
While it struggles to contain cases, the league is also requiring coaches, front-office staff and team personnel get a Covid-19 booster shot by Dec. 27, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Covid in the NBA
The league says 97% of its players are fully vaccinated, with more than 60% of players receiving a booster shot.
The Lakers canceled practice Tuesday after a player tested positive, ESPN reported. Other team members were instructed to get tested before meeting at the airport for a flight to Dallas.
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