COVID-19: Sports re-opening already not working?

Are you suggesting NHL Edmonton or NBA Orlando relocate?

In any event, the issue for MLB, as it will be for the NFL, is that the players are not isolated and are traveling all over the country to play games ... other than idiots breaking the bubbles the NBA and NHL should manage fairly well.

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Well there's a big difference between Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, on the one hand, and the USA on the other.

The first three have, to varying degrees, handled the pandemic fairly well.

The same cannot be said for the USA.

I'd provide a further explanation but that would veer into a once-again banned topic.

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We haven't had a locked thread in 5 days now! :rofl: :lock:

Some members are conspicuous by their absence.

Something you won't here me say
"I really miss people ranting and infighting about Politics and Racism on this site" :no_entry_sign:

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Anybody else feel like sometimes we all should just go out to the parking lot, have a free-for-all shoving match (screaming your political opinion is optional but no punches or kicks please), get all that anxiety out, and then when the last few men are standing or we are out if breath, all go back into the bar for the next refreshing strong round of drinks and carry on with sports banter.

Now 3 teams in baseball have infections. Let's hold onto our hats for the NHL and the NBA.

As I mentioned before there is a difference between MLB’s return plan and other leagues:

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Well after the Big 10 and Pac 12 canceled (though they claim postponed to the spring), the other 3 Power conferences plus the Sun Belt conference intend to play college football this fall.

There is some talk that rebel teams from the above conferences may join one of the other conferences for play this season, which is what Notre Dame is doing with the ACC.

Well MLB sure is on thin ice.

They ought to declare this simply an exhibition season now given all the missed games that will not and cannot be made up.

The Reds were the 4th team affected earlier this week with cancelled games.

The Mets in MLB had some cases with the virus, so that is now 5 teams affected directly this season.

The Yankees-Mets series has been cancelled.

When you examine the standings, it is getting messy.

Most teams have played between 24 and 28 games.

A few have played less and as little as 15.

There's only so much time to make up games.

The ice is cracking.

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Well at the University of Alabama alone, amidst the high spread in that state in the top 10 already, there have been over 1000 new cases since about 18 August.

That's only one school. Wait until they play football as fans who are not going to stay in their rooms party it up socially without masks and so forth.

It's a really dumb crowd down there amidst the top faculty and graduate students.

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I heard that Ohio State had a breakout because of frosh parties several days ago. Then the Big Ten wants to have a season in the Fall playing in domed stadiums. Bad idea when the pandemic cases are will have a second wave along with flu season. It sad that the coaches don't put the kids ahead of their salary grade. The kids' safety and health should have priority over everything

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I believe the Big 10 and Pac 12 are playing in the spring.

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That's the plan. Let's not hold our breath.

Spring football in the Midwest ought be tricky and sloppy, for March is often the worst month for weather in recent years.

The Pac 12 has its own situation as swept under the rug of the pandemic. The players were collectively bargaining for their rights including in accordance with the new law in California. The Pac 12 was eager to cancel this season on that basis alone given the pandemic, for that discussion still looms to be had.

I figure by the time this is all over in years, not months, and given all the spillover effects beyond the medical, college players at the top schools will be compensated above the table.

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Well September is the litmus test for college football. The slate is rather weak overall, and the SEC starts in earnest in late September.

By then we'll know whether we'll have much of a season or not.

Already many key players in the conferences still playing are opting out.

The sports gambling industry is bigger than ever now. And given the exceptional climate now, I think it will be ripe for fraud and rife with it too.

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Well, as involves some college teams in VA, TX, OK, and TN are already delayed games scheduled Saturday and also next Saturday due to a run of new cases of the virus in the past few days.

Within about a week from Tuesday, about half of what is left of college football could be canceled including I suspect next the Big 12.

Well the Big Ten reverses course, mostly for money but also for perceived ways to contain risk. Hmmm. I do not like it, but I am not a fan anyway of their football.

I do chuckle though with the Governor of Michigan with more deserved egg on her pathetic and incompetent face. You best start drinking some more of the better beer from across the border too lady!

Meanwhile in an exercise of far greater incompetence, with most of the highest rates on case density and spread in the country now led by Texas, Florida, and Georgia in our top 5 states for cases, watch the SEC open up with their folly in a week. Oh dear.

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Don't get how The Big Ten reversing course puts egg on the Governor of Michigan's face?

Back in August, she had rejected an alternate plan for a smaller numbers of B1G teams to play after the conference cancelled. Otherwise they would have played including the University of Michigan.

She got her way then but it did not matter. It was far from the first time she's been exposed as weak and panic-stricken and powerless this year. There is a reason they stopped having her on TV since then no doubt. No sorrow no mercy may she get it worse for what she has done to Michigan.

Okee Dookee

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The big news today is that Notre Dame's next game at Wake Forest on Saturday is postponed, likely a week, due to 7 players at Notre Dame with the virus and others under quarantine.

There will probably be a few more postponed or cancelled this weekend too.

The case load mounts greatly in most states and especially in the South.