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Dr. Anthony Fauci did an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and raised concerns about whether there will be a football season this year.
“Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Fauci said. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.”
In the past week, Dr. Fauci has praised the NBA’s bubble plan while expressing concern about MLB playing into late October.
It’s difficult for me to sit here on my sofa and express any projections about what the virus will look like this Fall, and what the trajectory of vaccines and/or treatments will be. That being said, I would be astonished if the NFL did not start and finish its season, even if there must be a gap somewhere in between like what’s happening with the NBA and NHL. The same goes for at least the SEC from a college football perspective; I also think the Big Ten and Big 12 will explore every avenue possible to start and finish their seasons.
UPDATE: The NFL has responded to Dr. Fauci’s comments:
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, responding to comments today from Dr. Anthony Fauci that it would be difficult to have a football season if players aren’t isolated in a bubble: pic.twitter.com/vghyou8HyK
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 18, 2020