ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Perhaps, one of the last things many have on their minds right now is sports.
However, as we inch closer to Fall, the question looms, will there be football in the Fall? School districts, universities, and even the National Football League are all navigating the Coronavirus storm and trying to pave a path forward.
Although, it seems, when decisions are made the variables change, and those plans are put in flux again. The conversation has whittled down from, ‘There will definitely be football in the Fall,’ to ‘will fans be allowed at games’ and now to ‘will they play at all?’
The University Interscholastic League announced they will allow local broadcasters to air high school football games to help communities support their student-athletes at the high school level. Meanwhile, summer workouts could continue.
Fast-forward a few weeks, those same summer workouts were put on hold to COVID-19 outbreaks in athletics programs across the state as case numbers and hospitalizations continue to climb, particularly in the Permian Basin.
At the collegiate level, many anticipated football would be a non-issue, even with the Coronavirus. That changed recently as players began to test positive in droves. Couple that with large crowds of people screaming at the top of their lungs in close proximity to one another, these conversations are beginning to shift as well.
Some conferences, like the Big 10, have decided to cancel all their non-conference football games in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus and keep their athletes safe. Meanwhile, smaller conferences like the Ivy League, have canceled fall sports altogether.
The NFL is having a similar problem. Owners and the NFLPA will have to finalize their plans soon and decide what will happen at the professional level, but conditions have changed as more athletes are testing positive and the overall picture is changing by the day.
So what do you think, will we play football in the Fall? Let us know by voting in the poll and share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
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