- Apr 18, 2010
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That's where I stand on this, too. It's a "you're not going to die because you're young and healthy thing so let's play sports." The truth is we have no clear idea yet on what the long-term effects of simply contracting the virus are. As you mentioned there's suspicion of heart issues, lung issues, neurological issues, etc.This is all about liability:
Report: 'At least' 5 Big Ten athletes found to have type of heart inflammation potentially caused by viral infectionsThe cases of myocarditis are reportedly a reason why Big Ten officials have weighed not playing football and other fall sports in 2020.sports.yahoo.com
No one is going to want to explain this is parents and the public if one of these guys drop dead after contracting Corona.
So much stupid discussion around how this is being portrayed as a binary disease (i.e. you die or you live and you have situations where you survive Corona and then you either have a shitty heart or die from heart failure while playing with myocarditis)
Delay it to the spring is the right thing to do (virus should be available by the end of the year and likely better therapeutics such as monoclonal ABs)
Also screw these college football coaches: so many of these Trump loving fools now want to advocate for football now while the rest of the industrialized world can have sports
Let's say you're a healthy 19-year-old with hopes of playing in the NFL. You catch Covid-19, and while you live, your lung capacity is cut by 10%. While you don't die, the reduced lung capacity prevents you from performing at the same level and also sticks with you for the rest of your life. This is a more likely scenario with younger kids. Also, we can't forget about all the coaches and staff involved as well.
If MLB has all the resources, with significantly smaller rosters, paychecks at stake for the players, and they still can't really control it, I fail to see how a team of 85+ kids will manage to do so. The MLB teams have been having players who test positive drive home in rental cars. Can you imagine a university asking a student-athlete to do that? It seems kind of outlandish.
This very well could be true, but this isn't the universities concern. It's all about liability. If they get it playing football, it's on the university. If it happens outside of football, they don't have to foot the bill for treatment or face the lawsuits.Do you think a college athlete is safer from Coivd playing football or not? I tend to think he is at more risk once the structure is gone. They all have a mission to win and be part of a group. I think taking that away would cause more harm.
Also, I don't know when schools create their budgets for any given school year or how they allocate money for emergencies. They simply might not have the budget to be able to cover the cost of additional medical treatment especially with enrollment likely to be down and no fans in the stands.