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Spring League will be first to use bubble concept in football for October tournament in Las Vegas

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The Spring League is scheduling a six-team football tournament in Las Vegas in October, using a bubble concept that would be the first of its kind in the sport during the coronavirus pandemic. The teams would be stocked mostly with players who were released by NFL teams, according to Spring League CEO Brian Woods. But it would also include 20-30 college players from FBS Power 5 schools that either opted out of playing in 2020 or had their seasons canceled. While some details are still being finalized, Woods said the Spring League’s bubble would model itself after those engineered by the NBA, WNBA, NHL and professional soccer this summer. A total of 228 players — 38 per team — will be housed in the same hotel and will practice and play at the same facility. Overall, Woods estimated that at least 280 players, coaches and other staff members will be quarantined within the bubble.