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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

NCAA considering playing college football season during late summer?

We don’t know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last, but it certainly sounds like major changes are being considered to sports that are still several months away.

College football is one sport that could see major changes to its schedule. According to Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal, there is some consideration to playing an abbreviated college football season in July, August, and September. The thinking is that warmer summer weather may help slow the spread of the virus, particularly as some experts have warned that we could see a resurgence in spread next winter as temperatures turn cooler again.

There are many logistical issues that would arise as a result. Stadiums would need to be staffed, media partners would need to approve, and there’s no guarantee fans could even attend the games. It speaks to the fears about a regularly scheduled season, however, that this is even being tossed around. Some in the know do not think the season can go ahead as scheduled. This is an imperfect alternative, and it may not even work.

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