Fans have been asking for blades since before the 2010 Olympics, when the NBA began enforcing them.
In 2014, the league banned the blades on the grounds they would be an obstacle to fans in the stands.
But even in the best-case scenario, fans would need to walk a few steps to get them.
The blades have been a fixture on NBA TV, with the league announcing it would be phasing them out for the duration of the 2018-19 season.
The NBA has said the blades would not impede fans from watching games.
The league also has said it will continue to monitor fans’ movements in the stadium.
Fans want the blades to stop.
A fan blade has been a hot topic since it became clear that the NBA would no longer allow fans to wear the blades in the 2017 NBA All-Star game.
The fans had been asking the league to reconsider, and a team executive told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that fans were still demanding the blades be allowed.
“We can’t sit here and say, ‘This is OK, we’re going to continue to be open about this issue,’ ” Shelburnes reported.
“There’s still going to be a lot of people who want the fans to be able to wear these fans blades in their face and get a glimpse of their faces.”
Fans, including former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo, are pushing back on the fans’ demands, calling the blades an “obvious distraction” from the game.
Mutombo was among the last players allowed to wear blades on national television.
The owners and the league have acknowledged that fans have complained about the blades.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that blades are not “essential” for fans to enjoy the game, and said that fans can wear them as long as they are not interfering with the players.
The commissioner also said fans were welcome to have the blades removed, but not in a way that made the game more difficult for the players, who have been trying to gain a foothold in the market.
Fans are not the only ones who want fans to stop using the blades, though.
Some players are also asking that the blades not be allowed during the playoffs, a request that the league has been pushing back against.
The Spurs are one of the teams that have taken the fight to the fans, leading the league in usage of the blades during the regular season.
Spurs center Kawhi Leonard, who is one of three players who have worn the blades since the NBA banned them in 2019, said he had been doing it for about a month.
“We want the league’s leadership to understand that the fans are the ones that are suffering most from these blades,” Leonard said.
“It’s not about whether or not you wear the blade, it’s about how you use it.”
He added that he did not wear the fans blades for the season because he wanted to avoid “playing on people’s emotions.”