Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Hey Everyone! Welcome to What’s Cooking with Coach, I am your host Kris Metea. Today I am serving up quite a topic that has far-reaching ramifications.
From the emotional blow to man’s Saturday to the economic impact of games and local communities. I am talking about the canceling of college sports this fall!
During my last podcast I talked about school’s opening back up and whether it was safe or not during the coronavirus pandemic. You can get that episode link here.
Today, we talk about the collateral damage of those decisions.
Now, I am a huge college sports fan! I am a huge sports fan in general. It comes down to my enjoyment of competition and the life lessons that result from such commitment. Watching athletes go through the ups and downs of a game and season and to grow as people and players is exciting. Many athletes will have defining moments that come from a memorable game. And it is not just athletes, fans get the enjoyment of witnessing great feats, watching accomplishment and history with their own eyes!
This fall, however, we will not be seeing that. Many colleges and universities have canceled their fall seasons. Conferences nixed their fall championships, and the NCAA as a result, canceled fall championships for Division 1, 2, and 3. The exception, of course, is College Football, as 6 of the 10 major football conferences still remain confident and determined to play a fall season…for now.
How did we get here? Well, as we all know, the coronavirus has plagued our country (and the world), and it has devastated economies. It has legitimately thrown us for a loop. No one knows what to do, and the information we get changes daily. After all, 2020 is the biggest science experiment in human history. We are seeing the scientific method roll out every day, and with every new solution and finding there comes a new problem. Those problems complicate our existing logistical system and are changing the world we once knew into a new one that we must adapt.
Cancellations started back in April and May, believe it or not, when schools that were hit financially due to budget cuts began cutting sports. Stanford cut 11 Varsity sports back in early July. A local school in Massachusetts, UMASS-Dartmouth cut athletic programs including Lacrosse which left students who already paid tuition for the upcoming year left without a program to play for. College athletic budgets were adversely affected by tax revenues being cut during a shutdown. In addition, extraordinary tuition costs during a time when family head of households were losing jobs further complicated revenue streams making it difficult for schools to keep sports, when keeping workers on staff became more important.
The cancellations and postponements of existing sports began July 8th. The Ivy league, which closed schools first back in March, and canceled its winter sports tournaments, made the announcement to postpone all sports to the spring.
Lets go through the timeline real quick.