5 Reasons the NCAA Should Cancel the Upcoming Football Season Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus doesn’t care about the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, or SEC football seasons

Kevin Moncion, MSc
Aug 11, 2020 · 4 min read

5 reasons the NCAA should consider canceling the upcoming football season.

1. No training camp will lead to loads of injuries.

Football as a sport is dangerous enough as it is. Imagine launching hundreds of football athletes into a season without an adequate training camp? This is ludicrous. From my experience of playing college football in Canada, you need a training camp to get into “football shape”.

2. Impossible to eliminate travel.

It will be near impossible to eliminate travel in the upcoming NCAA football season. You need to travel from state to state to play games. I don’t see any other alternative other than to try and organize “hub cities” with quarantining and vigorous testing, similar to the National Hockey League. This would be a logistical nightmare. On top of that, aren’t these student-athletes? They aren’t getting paid like the pros.

3. Impossible to eliminate exposure to the coronavirus.

If it’s impossible to eliminate travel to and from games in different states, how will you eliminate exposure to the coronavirus? Not only that but for those who may still be unaware, COVID-19 spreads via liquid droplet. Football is a liquid-droplet spreading haven.

4. How will the NCAA enforce social-distancing measures in team facilities?

It will be near-impossible to enforce social-distancing in team facilities. Football is a large team sport. You are cramming more than 100 guys on a football field, dressing rooms, athletic therapy, and eating halls. Yikes, good luck with enforcing social-distancing rules.

5. How will the NCAA enforce social-distancing measures outside of team facilities?

In the NCAA, there’s a rule where you can only conduct team athletic activities for 20/hours per week. This equates to about 3 hours per day. What about the remaining hours? Obviously, the student-athletes will want to spend time outside of team facilities, interacting with members of the community, with friends, in class (if there are any), etc. Are these members of the community are being tested vigorously? I doubt it.

Closing remarks.

At the end of the day, it’s time the NCAA makes the right choice. Think of players, coaches and staff, and community health and safety and suspend the upcoming fall season.

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Physiotherapy and PhD Candidate | Avid runner 🏃🏼 | Researching ways to optimize heart and brain health in chronic disease | Knowledge Translation

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Physiotherapy and PhD Candidate | Avid runner 🏃🏼 | Researching ways to optimize heart and brain health in chronic disease | Knowledge Translation

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Original reporting and curated sports data journalism. Actively looking for additional writers.

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