No Fall Sports for Ivy League

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The Ivy League is cancelling all of their Fall sports. The news of the final decision was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:

Bear in mind this also affects winter sports like basketball and hockey that traditionally begin before New Year’s but now will not.

There is conflicting info about whether Fall sports are entirely canceled or might be postponed to the Spring. Dana O’Neil of The Athletic says this still is to be determined:

There is chatter out there that this forecasts bad things for the rest of the country, and in particular college football, since the Ivy League was the first conference to cancel college basketball tournaments when the pandemic first struck in March.

We continue to be in a weird spot with coronavirus where there are escalating case totals but deaths are down substantially since their peak. We do not yet know whether deaths, which are a lagging indicator, will catch up with the increased positive tests.

Nonetheless, I’d still be very surprised if Power 5 football moves away from the Fall, mainly because it would take too heavy a toll on players’ bodies to play in the Spring and then have a normal Fall season in 2021. Further, many of the best players like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields would be highly incentivized to sit out the season if it conflicts with the NFL Draft. We’re in unprecedented times, so we’ll have to wait and see what ultimately happens.


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Ivy League athletics are funded by endowments and fundraising. Everyone else has to do it the old fashioned way, through football. Seriously, not one person who claims to be a fan of Title IX should be in favor of major and mid-major college football not being played this fall. With the exception of basketball at a few schools (and baseball/softball at even fewer), football pays for the entire cost of nearly every other sport played at the collegiate level.

  2. This is an extension of the deep state in America attempting to defeat Trump and American values all at once. Closing off sports effects the greater economy while not hurting the elites at these schools. Or their students.

    Our institutions of trust are all letting us down. I wonder how much pre-paid money has gone to colleges, pro sports teams and even movie theaters and such.

    How much $$ have Americans already pre paid for things they will not receive as a product or service. NBA are you listening ?

    The bloated university system is preparing for something and hoarding cash from tuition, sponsors and grants while not operating; and that should be a crime. Maybe it is.

    Wow 2020. Wow.
    This year is like watching all the Rocky movies And Rambo at the same time.

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