Dr Fauci Says Sports Can Return Without Fans (1 Viewer)

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That sounds nice in theory but how many players, staff, trainers, and coaches are needed on game day?
 

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Brees may have to play that last season without fans in attendance unfortunately folks. As much as I know everyone wants to be there, it's just not the smart thing to do and the risk of someone potentially getting it severely and dying is just not worth it under any circumstance. The best hope is for those diagnosis instant tests to be available to everyone, antibody blood testing, and reliable treatment to be in place. With those three things available to everyone that may allow fans to attend at some point. Best thing we can do is stay home or as safe as possible so that we keep the numbers down.
 
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That sounds nice in theory but how many players, staff, trainers, and coaches are needed on game day?

Yeah, practically and logistically, it's going to be more challenging for the NFL. Bigger rosters, larger coaching staffs, more support personnel. Not saying it's impossible, but there are some serious hurdles in the way.

You can keep tabs on players, but unless they are never interacting with the outside world, that only accomplishes so much. What happens when a player tests positive on a Tuesday after playing the previous Sunday? My understanding of tracing and quarantining is that would then expose his teammates and recent opponents to quarantine, as well. Unless there are some alternate safe ways devised to circumvent the only steps we currently have to manage spread, I'm not sure how we can expect to get through a season without the possibility of serious disruptions, until there is a vaccine.
 
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Yeah, practically and logistically, it's going to be more challenging for the NFL. Bigger rosters, larger coaching staffs, more support personnel. Not saying it's impossible, but there are some serious hurdles in the way.

You can keep tabs on players, but unless they are never interacting with the outside world, that only accomplishes so much. What happens when a player tests positive on a Tuesday after playing the previous Sunday? My understanding of tracing and quarantining is that would then expose his teammates and recent opponents to quarantine, as well. Unless there are some alternate safe ways devised to circumvent the only steps we currently have to manage spread, I'm not sure how we can expect to get through a season without the possibility of serious disruptions, until there is a vaccine.

There would always be that possibility. But it would be hugely mitigated and perhaps even nullified by quarantining. And by then, there will almost certainly be a lot more testing available to justify consistent testing multiple times a week.

There are billions of dollars at stake for both the players and owners. And you now have the doctor who is heading up the task force practically advocating for it.

This virus is awful and I know many people haven’t taken it seriously enough. But having Fauci advocating the idea with health officials, players and owners all on board would seem to be a fair, safe and logical tipping point to me.
 

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There would always be that possibility. But it would be hugely mitigated and perhaps even nullified by quarantining. And by then, there will almost certainly be a lot more testing available to justify consistent testing multiple times a week.

There are billions of dollars at stake for both the players and owners. And you now have the doctor who is heading up the task force practically advocating for it.

This virus is awful and I know many people haven’t taken it seriously enough. But having Fauci advocating the idea with health officials, players and owners all on board would seem to be a fair, safe and logical tipping point to me.
So, only the rich can go back to work or enjoy themselves? Fauci has made some dubious calls during his time in this spotlight.
 

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There would always be that possibility. But it would be hugely mitigated and perhaps even nullified by quarantining. And by then, there will almost certainly be a lot more testing available to justify consistent testing multiple times a week.

There are billions of dollars at stake for both the players and owners. And you now have the doctor who is heading up the task force practically advocating for it.

This virus is awful and I know many people haven’t taken it seriously enough. But having Fauci advocating the idea with health officials, players and owners all on board would seem to be a fair, safe and logical tipping point to me.

Yes, it's encouraging to all of us craving any and all semblances of normalcy. And as Saints fan, the part we don't want to really speak out loud is that this is happening at the very twilight of Drew's career. I hope the 2020 season happens, and I think every effort will be made to accomplish that. I also understand that despite best efforts and intentions, that might not happen.

I mostly got from Fauci's comments a theoretical laying out of how it can happen. It's a decision that will ultimately have to be made by the stakeholders who have a responsibility to the health and well-being of the players, coaches, staff, and their family members.
 

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Yes, it's encouraging to all of us craving any and all semblances of normalcy. And as Saints fan, the part we don't want to really speak out loud is that this is happening at the very twilight of Drew's career. I hope the 2020 season happens, and I think every effort will be made to accomplish that. I also understand that despite best efforts and intentions, that might not happen.

I mostly got from Fauci's comments a theoretical laying out of how it can happen. It's a decision that will ultimately have to be made by the stakeholders who have a responsibility to the health and well-being of the players, coaches, staff, and their family members.

We’re on the same page with all that.

I think you’re going to see attempts by MLB very soon. There will need to be some clear outlines of what happens if someone tests positive.

At this point, I would be pretty surprised if you didn’t see strong attempts by MLB and the NFL. I think NBA will likely try to do playoffs. College sports are too tough, IMO, because they rely a lot more on fans and it’s just too hard and unfair to implement this sort of quarantining for amateur athletes who don’t even have a union to advocate for them.
 

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So, only the rich can go back to work or enjoy themselves? Fauci has made some dubious calls during his time in this spotlight.

Not sure how you took that from what I posted.

It’s a business model which can afford to execute the plan because of the money they would make by executing it. It wouldn’t put others at risk.

It has nothing to do with being rich. It’s about having the ability and motivation to perform the action safely with the guidance of health officials and, at the same time, offering a much-needed distraction for people.
 
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We’re on the same page with all that.

I think you’re going to see attempts by MLB very soon. There will need to be some clear outlines of what happens if someone tests positive.

At this point, I would be pretty surprised if you didn’t see strong attempts by MLB and the NFL. I think NBA will likely try to do playoffs. College sports are too tough, IMO, because they rely a lot more on fans and it’s just too hard and unfair to implement this sort of quarantining for amateur athletes who don’t even have a union to advocate for them.
I can see a lot of college players sitting out if they attempt to start the season, especially ones that’ll be eligible for the 2021 Draft. The NCAA may be forced to cancel.
 
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So, only the rich can go back to work or enjoy themselves? Fauci has made some dubious calls during his time in this spotlight.
What do you mean?
He’s just talking about how we can slowly go back to normalcy.
 
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If they don't isolate from the outside world from two weeks prior to training camp through the end of the regular season, then there's no way it will work.

One person testing positive would force everyone that person came into contact with and everyone those people came into contact with over the previous two weeks into quarantine for two weeks. That will render at least 5 teams unable to continue playing games for at least two weeks.

Long and short, 1 positive test and the season is over.

The only way to guarantee no positive tests is to quarantine everyone in individual isolation at least two weeks before training camp and then keep them collectively isolated from the outside world for the entire season. I don't think enough players, team staff and game support staff are going to be willing to do that.

Have any players voiced their opinions about playing a season? I haven't heard their thoughts on it and it seems everyone assumes that they will just do whatever the league and fans want them to do.
 

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