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Getting Used To No Sports

10 April 2020 Views From The Booth Sports

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Greetings From The Booth!

Well, slowly but surely, social distancing, washing the hands, etc., seems to be working, as we’ve seen some glimmers of hope this week that we’re getting on the right side of the coronavirus pandemic. As the officials say, now is not the time to let up, so keep up the good work out there!

We’re heading into the Easter weekend, and more and more sporting events are being cancelled or postponed. UFC 249 is now cancelled, which leaves little to watch in terms of live sporting events. So, as I’ll do each week during the lockdown, here’s my “What Sports I Watched This Week segment:”

In truth , all I watched this week was a replay of Games 1,2 & 3 of the National’s NLCS wins over the Cardinals. It was great to revisit the unbelievable starting pitching of Scherzer, Sanchez, and Strasburg in those games. Truly a magical playoff run.

Aside from tuning in to those games, mainly due to the droning-on of the daily task force briefings, I am starting to get used to no sports. How does that fare for the major sports leagues who hope for a jump-start sooner than later? Are we finding that we can do without Major League Baseball, The NHL Playoffs, The PGA Tour, and the NBA?
And, will you attend a sporting event at your team’s arena or stadium once the sports world comes back to life?

Let me share the results of a recent poll taken by Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business. 72 percent of those polled said they will not attend a live sporting event until a coronavirus vaccine is found. However, 72 percent of those polled said they would watch broadcasts of games played without fans. So, there are mixed results here. While people still want their sports, they are leery of going to live venues, where they would be seated close to others.

To that end, MLB is already exploring the option of resuming in mid-May, with all the games being played in Arizona, without fans. There are 10 spring training ballparks along with the D-back’s Chase Field all within a 50-mile radius. Not to mention, half of the MLB teams train in Arizona, so logistically, it does make some sense. And, I think baseball realizes that absence does not make the heart grow fonder. In this case, the longer that we go without baseball, the more we will get used to not having it. Better to play in front of no fans than not play at all.

These next few weeks will be interesting, as the major sports leagues try to balance fan and player safety with the growing urgency to get back on the field, lest we find other things to do with our time.

Keep flattening that curve…and until next visit from The Booth.


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