Dr. Fauci: “Football May Not Happen This Year”
In a turn of events, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “unless players are essentially in a bubble.” The reasoning behind this is the fact that there is a great possibility that there will be a second wave of coronavirus overlapping with the flu season this fall. Originally, Fauci believed that football could be played in empty stadiums across the country but now he has changed his stance.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Cowboys and Texans had players that tested positive for COVID-19. Players have not yet reported to team facilities so it has not impacted organizations yet. The players and coaches will start getting together in late July for training camp. On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said “We expect we are going to have positive tests. That is part of the increased testing that we will be going through and that is something that we just want to make sure that our protocols are working and to date. We are seeing very positive reactions in the sense that we are making sure we respond quickly, protect the personnel that may be impacted by that and others that may be in contact with them.”
If football is going to be played with or without fans in 2020, the NFL needs a firm plan in place in terms of health and wellness for both their employees and their fans. The NBA and MLS are both planning to resume their seasons at Disney World in Orlando inside of isolated bubbles with strict guidelines in place for the players and staff. If I was the NFL, I’d have a plan in place just like other professional sport leagues in America in order for the season to go on as planned.
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