By Jerry Wein
The NBA expects all arenas to be at full capacity next season and is hopeful that it can safely welcome additional fans into arenas this season.
ESPN is reporting that the NBA’s new multiyear partnership with Clear, a biometric screening company known for its expedited security process at hundreds of airports worldwide, will help with COVID concerns.
The partnership makes Clear’s COVID-19 health screening technology available to all 30 teams in their NBA arenas, and it’s expected to help facilitate more fans returning to games, though it’s up to each team how to use the technology.
The partnership, which is in effect, is expected to be announced as soon as Wednesday morning, according to league sources. One-third of the league — including the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks — has already been using Clear’s Health Pass program, which includes a combination of health surveys and secure linking to COVID-19 lab results and vaccination records, for their employee or fan safety protocols in-arena.