The NCAA and College sports are definitely at a crossroad. Fall sports on all levels are being affected by the current situations when it comes to the coronavirus. According to Sports Illustrated, the NCAA’s highest-ranking basketball executive, has floated the idea to conference leaders about accelerating the start of the men’s basketball season. This would move the season up two weeks to increase scheduling flexibility and to get more games played in an event of a winter interruption.
NCAA senior vice president of basketball, Dan Gavitt told Sports Illustrated on Monday that he has proposed moving season-opening games from Nov. 10 to Oct. 27, with perhaps a corresponding acceleration of practice from the currently scheduled start date of Sept. 29.
The Ivy League is one of the most prestigious group of presidents on the collegiate level in this country. Many people may not understand their influence on College presidents around the country. The Ivy League Council said, “it simply does not believe they can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, consistent with the policies that each of our schools is adopting as part of its reopening plans this fall.”
Stanford University will be dropping 11 varsity programs after the 2020–21 season. This is a drastic sign to what’s to come in the future. Many institutions across this nation will be dropping athletic programs, and cutting expenses and scholarships. This will be detrimental to some student athletes.
If college football is not played this 2020-21 season, the potential loss of revenue could exceed 4 billion dollars. This could forever alter college sports across-the-board.