NHL and NBA executives are worried their bubble seasons won’t be the only ones without fans. Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts said having fans is imperative to financial success, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver previously estimated 40% of league revenue comes from fans in the building.
NBA: Silver has said the season will likely start later than the planned Dec. 1 date in hopes of having fans.
NHL: Stakeholders are discussing the timeline for the start of next season — planned for Dec. 1 — and if a full 82-game slate can be played.
NFL: As of Tuesday, just six NFL teams have said they plan on welcoming fans. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes some teams that begin with no fans could welcome them as the season progresses.