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Pivvt 4 months
Last month Utah AD Mark Harlan spoke about a loss of around $60 million with the shutdown of fall sports. This is a massive move that clearly demonstrates the domino effect of canceling football this fall. College sports impacts not only the schools and student athletes, but everyone associated with the department, workers at events, and businesses in the proximity of these universities. The pandemic impact is large and wide, and this might be just the beginning of furloughs or cuts across the industry.

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The beginning of the pandemic in the United States led to the cancelation of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The NCAA cannot afford to lose a second tournament. It has been positive to see how the NBA has been able to run a championship playoff of their own, so there is some precedent for college sports to possibly follow. This will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

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Pivvt 4 months
Well it's official. It's good that the NCAA chose a blanket waiver, but the coming year or two are going to be messy. Here's to whatever college sports that we are hopefully still going to get this fall (if they are able to go off as scheduled.)

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Pivvt 4 months
Granting an extra year of eligibility seems like the right thing to do, but it is not as simple of a decision as you might think. We would end up with a much larger class the following year, would have more athletes to allocate limited scholarships to, and then have to sort that all out with the incoming class of high school recruits. If we could only freeze time and reset everything for the 2021-22 season.

The biggest "loser" is going to be the high school class of 2020. Not only did these kids miss out on proms and the once in a lifetime graduation experience, but their whole college student athlete opportunity just got more difficult. Not only is there a freeze on recruiting, but they are now going to have to compete with another class of upperclassmen for limited spots on the roster.

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A big part of the challenge is that we are dealing with a novel coronavirus, and its long-term impact is still not known. It feels like it's been a lifetime, but we have only been dealing with the virus in the States since maybe February.

A student athlete is often in very good health and in great shape, but if contraction leads to a higher risk of a heart condition that could impact the rest of their career or even life, that is certainly something to consider as we try to move forward. Again, there are no easy answers.

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Pivvt 5 months
Oh my. Will there be any football left at all? A short recovery after a spring season, leading into the fall of 2021 is also a very valid concern, if the leagues decide to play early next year. This is not good at all.

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Pivvt 5 months
This is the first DI domino to fall. We are less than a month away from the first scheduled games. What in the world is going to happen between now and then? Only time will tell, but so far things are not looking so great.

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Pivvt 5 months
Noticeably, Division I is absent from the decision. It is unfortunate for student athletes to miss out on these opportunities, but it is a much easier decision for the leagues to make when less money is at stake. Division I sports, namely football and basketball, make up the majority of revenue in an athletic department's budget. The amount of money tied to broadcast rights makes cancelations at that level much harder because so much more is on the line. It would not be surprising to see any decisions on that front pushed back as long as possible.

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The next big question is what will Division I do. There is much, much more money at stake if conferences and the National Championship committee close down championships for this fall.

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Hopefully the decision by UConn is not going to be a trend (or necessity) for this coming fall.

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