Deep Dive: Should Sports be played during a Pandemic?

Deep Dive: Should Sports be played during a Pandemic?

Charlie Abt

Professional sports returned in July following a fourth month shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people were always against them coming back while the pandemic was ongoing for various reasons. The majority of people who didn’t want them to return was because of safety concerns. Others, especially the Major League Baseball owners, made it seem like they didn’t want it to return due to the financial “loss” due to having no fans in the stands. The owners would still have made money due to their team’s broadcasting revenue, just not as much as they thought they would make before the season was suspended. A poll on the Garnet Mine website received twelve total votes, with six saying sports should be played during the pandemic, with six voting no. While this is obviously an incredibly small sample size, I wouldn’t be surprised if the country was split on this issue as, of course, everyone has different feelings about COVID-19 and what we should and shouldn’t be doing. By playing sports during a pandemic, there will always be safety concerns for all those involved, especially the players and coaches who will interact with so many different people from around the country. There is also the ethical question, as all of the major sports leagues are testing players, coaches, and referees every day. However, they are paying for these and not using the free ones that states provide to their citizens. Overall, professional sports bring some semblance of normalcy back to our lives, and I believe it is a positive that they are playing.