The Ivy League announced on Wednesday that they are cancelling the 2020 Fall Sports season. No announcement was made as to whether or not the league was planning on playing in the spring.
The announcement has been speculated for weeks and while it is no surprise, it is still disappointing.
All of the schools in the Ivy League are in the Northeast. The Northeast has seen a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks. States like Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are being applauded for the way they handled the virus and kept the cases down.
So why then would the Ivy League decide not to play sports in the fall? Simple. Fear. The powers that be are afraid that if they decide to bring students back to campus and play sports, there could be a second outbreak. If that were to happen, they fear that it would fall on them and they don’t want to deal with that.
I understand the concern but the Ivy League could have played fall sports without any fans and if they took the necessary precautions. Instead, they chose to close up shop again and kick the can down the road. It is extremely disappointing to say the least.
So what’s next? We don’t know but it will be interesting to see if other leagues and conferences follow suit. The Ivy League was the first to cancel sports in March when the pandemic started. They canceled their basketball tournaments and spring seasons. As soon as they closed down, others followed and I have a feeling the same thing will happen here.
The next seven to ten days will be telling in terms of what happens to fall sports in 2020, namely football.