If accurate, this is bad news for the bros, not to mention billions of dollars in business.
Little Lord Fauci doesn’t think we should have any sports this year because of a big, bad virus.
Well, it’s not a big bad virus, exactly. Just one that’s a bit of a bully that likes to kick people when they’re down. Especially the old and the infirm.
But most folks that are hearty and hale don’t have too much to worry about even if they do get it. Folks like, say, professional athletes.
So why are we hearing reports like this one?
Various leagues have considered a number of options for restarting play that came to a halt in mid-March, as the extent of the coronavirus outbreak became increasingly apparent.
A key variable, Dr. Fauci said in an interview on Tuesday, will be whether the country can gain broad access to testing that quickly yields results. He said that manufacturers had made strides in developing such tests, but not enough for major sports competitions to resume.
“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” he said. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”
It’s enough for you to miss the old days when stadiums sat empty because the home team stank up the place because they played like a bunch of third-graders, or because some moron decided to piss off the fan base by staging a political event in the middle of the anthem, isn’t it?
It’s no small decision. It isn’t just the teams that depend on this revenue, but a whole solar system of spinoff business operators, too.
Should we stick a fork in the 2020 season for all major events? Or should we still push forward to taking our lives — and our sports — back.