California Governor Gavin Newsom spoke at length on Monday, stating that the coronavirus pandemic is finally starting to see dwindling numbers in cases and hospitalizations as the safer-at-home restrictions have begun to pay dividends.
That being said, Newsom also stated that professional sports could return in the first week of June, without fans in attendance.
LIVE NOW: Governor @GavinNewsom provides an update on the state’s response to #COVID19. #YourActionsSaveLives https://t.co/EfWFwvVyZD— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) May 18, 2020
It would look a lot different than we’re certainly used to, but some sports with no fans is certainly better than the opposite. We’ve seen great success so far with the limited sports that have returned with no fans already, including the most recent weekend of success from the Bundesliga and NASCAR. The UFC has held multiple events already this past week with great TV ratings and multiple shows that went off without a hitch.
There is a roadmap towards getting professional sports back, and that certainly means that collegiate athletics are next on the docket. With pro sports returning in June, it seems more and more likely that college sports could be back for the fall, but with some major, major adjustments.
Regardless, as long as it’s safe for our student-athletes, I’d definitely be behind anything to get some sports back. Even if it means no one is in attendance.