College football, basketball can begin voluntary activities in June: reportpennlive.com — Daniel Gallen pennlive.com
May 20--College sports are taking a step toward a return. The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball to begin June 1 and run through June 30, according to a report.
Currently, there is a moratorium on activities related to college sports through May 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Yahoo! Sports also reported there will be a decision made on other college sports next week.
According to the Yahoo! Sports report, the decisions will be made with input from state and local governments and university officials.
The report describes this part of the process as “more of a step than a leap,” and there are still myriad issues -- including testing -- to be sorted out.
Fall sports on college campuses looked to be in doubt this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier this month that football is the “perfect setup for spreading” the coronavirus.
But certain colleges have made their plans to have students return to campus later this summer on altered schedules, and decisions and plans should be coming from more schools in the coming months. That should provide a framework for the NCAA to work within.
Additionally, the NBA and NHL could attempt to resume their suspended seasons in recent months, and NASCAR has already returned to racing without fans in the stands. The NCAA, not to mention the NFL, can watch those leagues and use the outcomes to inform its own decisions.
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