The sporting industry once again took a big hit from the coronavirus disease’s pandemic, as The Ivy League recently announced that no sports would be played in its institutions for this upcoming fall season. This cancellation of sporting events covered all sports players, including college football, one of the more popular campus sports watched by people.
From their announcement, The Ivy League said that “it will not be possible for Ivy League teams to participate” this fall “as athletics is expected to operate consistent with campus policies, including restrictions on student and staff travel, requirements for social distancing, limits on group gatherings, and regulations for visitors to campus.”
For people in the sports betting industry, this means a major setback as well. Since the games played by the organization are watched by a lot of fans even abroad, a lot of people are betting on it as well.
Without the games, there may be nothing to bet on. Luckily, there are other alternatives one can find on Betenemy from popular bookmakers. From there, people can still bet on other sports and can also explore the world of fantasy sports or virtual sports.
The announcement of the postponement came in the middle of growing concerns over the upcoming college football season for this year. In a time where most sports are still either postponed or allowed on strict and very limited capacities, people are asking: will the upcoming fall season push through as planned, or will it be delayed to a later time? Some fans and experts are even speculating for a spring 2021 reschedule for this year’s season.
However, the speculations of The Ivy League resuming the seasons for spring 2021 is also an idea that the Power Five conferences are not too very fond of. As for this, no decision is made as of the moment. However, they also promised to work on things and eventually arrive at a decision in no time.
“A decision on the remaining winter and spring sports competition calendar, and on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring, will be determined at a later date,” the Ivy League said in a statement.
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Aside from the fallbacks that this delay will cause, one of the biggest hit that it will bring to The Ivy League is the loss of money. The longer the season is delayed, the more money they are bound to lose. Thus, The Ivy League is also aware that they cannot afford a delay that is too long.
With that, The Ivy League thinks that while the suggestion of moving the season to a spring 2021 opening is there, it might not be the best option for them to go with–financially speaking, at least.
“Football hasn’t been decided yet if it would be moved to the spring, but logistically, I don’t know how that would work,” a representative told CBS “You can’t move all the sports to the spring; the logistics don’t work. The soccer field is the lacrosse field. The scheduling would be a nightmare.”
However, despite the game being postponed, The Ivy League will still allow their athletes to practice and train–as long as their training sessions are following mandated health and safety protocol standards.
The pandemic of Covid-19 took most parts of the world by surprise, and even countries with the best healthcare system crumbled to it. As it is now, there had been more than 12 million people around the world diagnosed with the disease, more than 500,000 have succumbed and died from it, and more than 6.53 million people have successfully recovered from it.
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