Will Spectator Sports Return in 2020?

By May 14, 2020 No Comments

Though there have been a few rays of hope for sports fans there is still much in doubt about any sporting events, the way we remember them with fans, for the rest of this year. NBA players are practicing again to some extent and there are some televised exhibition golf events scheduled but everything seems tentative doesn’t it?

Since March all major American sports leagues have been shut down in terms of athletic competition because of COVID-19. Dr Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said recently that it’s feasible the NFL season could start late this year but questions still remain. What happens if a player on the Patriots, for example, tests positive for the virus? Does the team go into quarantine for two weeks? What about the toxic waste dump that is a baseball dugout? Will major league players be able to “chew and spit” any more?

The Tortoise and the Hare

Some sports may pick up again without spectators in the seats while others may have to just “surrender to the virus” until 2021. According to Fauci, the key to re-opening sports is to not be too eager. Fauci said “the virus decides how quickly you’re going to get back to normal.”

“You can try and influence the virus by your mitigation programs. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to get the virus under some sort of control before you start resuming normal activity.” Fauci says that any resumption of play must happen gradually to protect the players and their fans.



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