Summer sports in jeopardy after Fauci says no fans


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Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, responds to a reporter’s question at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

Matthew Szymanowski, Deputy Sports Editor

With the coronavirus sweeping the world and putting a pause on sports, fans are getting anxious for some action.

We will probably have to wait a little while longer after disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said sports will have to play without fans for awhile.

Since people are not allowed to gather in large groups, they cannot allow thousands of fans into an arena or stadium to watch a game.

There is an idea that has been proposed to play games in empty facilities throughout all sports.

Fauci said this on that matter, “”There’s a way of doing that. Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. … Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”

The NHL and the NBA were close to starting the postseason when this all started. It is somewhat unlikely that they would continue their seasons by the time that this is over.

The MLB has tough choices to make. Knowing that they will have to play in empty stadiums for awhile, their entire season is in jeopardy.

There are multiple ideas on how to salvage the season, including having all thirty major league teams in Arizona to keep them close to one another.

The NFL is scheduled to start in September, but they may not play unless they can get fans inside their stadiums.

All four major sports have tough decisions to make about when, or if, they will play again in 2020. The recent news of not being allowed to play in front of fans for the time being may push them towards canceling their seasons.

As much as we miss sports, the goal right now is to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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