Predicting A Plan For Sports in 2020 is Simply Unpredictable
Do you ever get into a news story? A news story that might carry a little weight to it. Or something crazy that you read an article about. COVID-19 and the outcomes around have fascinated me. What I typically apply my knowledge to with sports, I’ve transitioned to COVID-19. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been banging the drum on how people should not be predicting when fans are allowed back into stadiums. Right now, there are no right answers and the predictions aren’t helping at all.
Let’s look at yesterday where it felt like we saw both sides of the spectrum. Zeke Emmanuel, a Joe Biden advisor and one of the creators of Obamacare, said that sports could not return in full until Fall 2021. That is an extreme point of view by Emmanuel, but one that doesn’t surprise me. He is a medical professional, and they’re always going to proceed with the most caution. They’re never going to play fast and loose. Sports, the game is just that a game. But sports, the business, matters to so many cities across America that shutting down for 18 months isn’t possible.
The other side of the spectrum is the PGA Tour seems ready to roll starting on June 11th. MLB is making all their personnel take the antibodies test to determine the spread of the virus. President Donald Trump created a sports task force to get sports back on their feet and said yesterday ‘We need our sports back.’ Sports are one of the many things that the government is trying to bring back to life in the coming months. It does seem like there is a federal plan in place, and what the states do with that is remained to be unseen.
Right now, the biggest debate on this topic is fans in the stands. It appears to be hitting football in the past few days despite being five months out. The biggest thing that this task force has to look at is how do we bring fans back safely without getting sued if COVID-19 spreads throughout the stadium? This is my own theory, but most teams do not want fans back in fear of a class-action lawsuit. Additionally, many point out a Champions League game that contributed to the spread in Italy.
The thing that needs to be known here is everything could change next week. Projections could fall dramatically and things look ready to roll again in this country. Or things could stay the same or keep pushing down slightly. We do not know. The unpredictable nature of how quickly the United States people are responding to this virus is leading to many bad opinions including ones about sports.
We’ll see where we go from here.