- Nov 5, 2011
What do you think happens if a player (even 1 single player) gets seriously ill or dies? Curious to hear your opinion, because I know you've taken the virus more seriously than some others have.As long as players keep getting infected and recovering without incident, we are playing.
For the sake of example, let's say a player dies. And let's say he is from an FCS school (bc they don't get the big television revenues). Surely that school has to cancel the season, especially considering football isn't as big of an income producer as it is at the FBS level. Would other schools keep playing in spite of a player dying at another school? I would think liability concerns, public opinion, etc., would at least make other schools consider shutting it down.
I get that the calculus is different for P5 teams. There is too much money involved, so they are going to at least start the season, unless something catastrophic happens between now and late August (which very well may happen). Whether they finish the season is an entirely different story. I was having this conversation last weekend, and I put it at 90% that the season would start, and 65% that it would finish in some capacity. Those numbers might be on the optimistic side.
The other secondary issues have been discussed (what happens if a team has to quarantine and misses conference games, etc.), so I will leave those out of the picture. I am just not as optimistic as others in this thread, especially the way the virus is spreading through the south.