The COVID-19 virus is making everybody rethink how they live their daily lives. For college football coaches, athletic director’s, players, and school presidents it’s causing them to consider how they will start on time. It is also making them to take into account a possible delay to the season.
Does this season start on time and what does a season look like? Will there be fans at the game? If there is a delay, how long is the delay?
All legitimate questions that have to be addressed.
Considering that we are only a few days away from the beginning of May the powers that be in college football are starting to feel the pressure of how the season starts.
As reported by Stadium reporter, Brett McMurphy, some athletic directors in the 112 Football Bowl Subdivision have reportedly considered dividing the 12 game season up, so that would be played during the Fall and Spring Semesters. The College Football Playoff would be played possibly in May or possibly June. The AD’s have also looked at a nine game season as well. Another possibility that has been looked at is just having the college athletes and not the rest of the student body return.
When you consider starting these games at the beginning of 2021 it seems a little far fetched. A season that starts in January or February and possibly going past the NFL Draft would give these programs a greater chance of getting game revenue from fans being at the games. The game revenue is so vitally important to these college programs being able to “pay the bills”.
College athletic programs are already getting a lot less money from the NCAA this year due to the NCAA Basketball Tournaments being cancelled.
I am not sure what the best choice would be. It is a tough call.
I’ve always thought that we would not see sports until 2021. That would be something that college programs would not want to see. That would be a nuclear winter for many programs.
A virus doesn’t care about your school’s athletic program. The virus will tell us when it’s going to be feasible for us to return to normal with college football.
The bright side for college football is that there is a little more time to consider what needs to be done. However, it’s not a ton of extra time.
The NCAA has to listen to what the medical professionals are telling them. As much as we all want college football to proceed as normal we have to be educated on how to keep people healthy.
Unlike other sports, college football games are played in huge stadiums that possibly have 80,000 fans cheering on their team. Under the current social distancing guidelines this would make these stadiums a health nightmare.
Your health is more important than any football game.