Bubble Forever? Top Stories, Sports and Business News — July 29

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Here are the top stories in sports and business news on Wednesday, July 29.

Joey Bosa's New Contract

The Los Angeles Chargers and defensive end Joey Bosa have reached an agreement on a contract extension, according to reports. 

Bosa will receive a five-year $135 million extension. This deal is the first $100 million deal in Chargers franchise history, and upon signing the deal, Bosa will receive $78 million, with a total of $102 million guaranteed throughout the contract, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

Coronavirus Update

There are 16.8 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 661,000 deaths. The U.S. has 4.3 million cases with nearly 150,000 deaths.

JAMA released a study today that finds that school closures back in the spring—when there were still many unknowns—probably saved lives and prevented more COVID cases.

The finding, published in a study titled "Association Between Statewide School Closure and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the U.S.," found that “there was a temporal association between statewide school closure and lower COVID-19 incidence and mortality, although some of the reductions may have been related to other concurrent non-pharmaceutical interventions.”

However, experts are warning that the findings may be outdated since we are learning new things about the virus, and how to protect ourselves and each other, quite frequently.

Julie Donahue and Elizabeth Miller wrote in an editorial on JAMA on the study, “Bringing students back to school for in-person instruction may be feasible with a precision public health approach. Schools are considering hybrid online and in-person instruction, limiting after-school programs, and reconfiguring spaces, food preparation, and distribution. Rather than a one-size-fits-all recommendation, school districts should rely on best available evidence including local [COVID] prevalence, policies and practices regarding mask wearing, and risk of transmission among children of different ages.”

Another Season In the Bubble?

The NBA season in the Orlando bubble begins Thursday night.

On Tuesday, NBA Players Association executive director Michel Roberts told ESPN that if tomorrow looks like today, the NBA 2021 season could be played in a bubble as well. 

Roberts went on to say she is "praying that there will be a different set of circumstances that will allow us to play in a different way...But all I know is what I know now. So it may be that, if the bubble is the way to play, then that is likely gonna be the way we play next season if things remain as they are."

The NBA has set a target date of December 1 to begin play for the 2021 season. Earlier today the NBA announced that they once again have zero positive tests of the 344 players tested since July 20.

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