NBA expects all arenas to be at full capacity next season, thanks to an increase in COVID-19 tests and more vaccines administered. Another key aspect of this effort is the NBA’s new multi-year partnership with Clear, a biometric screening company known for its expedited security process at hundreds of airports around the world. ESPN Reports: The partnership makes Clear’s COVID-19 health screening technology available to all 30 teams in their NBA arenas, and it should help make it easier for more fans to return to games, albeit at each team how to use technology. Conversations for a league-wide partnership began in early September. This is Clear’s first league-wide partnership with a professional sports league, but the company works with teams from the MLS, MLB, NHL and NFL. Clear first rolled out this program in a league-wide format with the NHL bubble season in two cities across Canada last year.
As for participation, fans can download the Clear app and upload an ID document with a selfie. To link their COVID-19 test results, fans log into their test account through the app, and the results will be linked to their health pass. Before entering the room, fans can open the app, verify their identity with another selfie, and then answer the health survey questions. (There should also be an unspecified number of Clear kiosks where fans receive a temperature check and scan their QR code.) Fans receive a red or green notification based on their COVID-related health information. A spokesperson for Clear noted that arenas only receive information as to whether a fan has met the access requirements and not private health information from the individual. They said the Clear program is scalable and could bring thousands of fans into the arenas.
NBA partners with biometric screening company to clear full capacity arenas next season
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