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NBA, referees reach agreement on vaccine requirements

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; NBA referee Josh Tiven during the Phoenix Suns against the Milwaukee Bucks in game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; NBA referee Josh Tiven during the Phoenix Suns against the Milwaukee Bucks in game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association have reached an agreement on COVID-19 vaccine requirements ahead of the 2021-22 season.

All referees working NBA games next season will be required to be fully vaccinated, barring religious or medical exemption. The referees will also be required to take boosters when recommended.

The league told teams on Friday that anyone working in close proximity to players or referees would have to be vaccinated.

The NBA does not have a requirement in place for players, though it is offering incentives (less testing, fewer rules for road trips) for players who are vaccinated.

Training camps open Sept. 28, with the regular season tipping off Oct. 19.

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–Field Level Media