But those studying the NBA say change has been slower among referees, athletic trainers and in the front offices.
It's a simple matter of at least $500 million.
The NBA said the cost to operate the bubble is more than $150 million. There also aren’t any fans there to buy tickets or spend money.
The league wants to keep players happy while quarantined. The athletes feel empowered to make an impact.
While U.S. pro sports leagues suspend play, table tennis, darts and other more obscure competitions find new fans.
Pro basketball is set to return on July 31. Pro baseball is still at an impasse.
The NBA just opened its first official store in Mexico. It’s also starting a major partnership in Mexico City.
"He was really diverse in this first few moments of retirement," says Kenneth Shropshire of Arizona State University.