Ivy League Will Not Play Any Sports for Rest of 2020: Reports

John Healy
July 08, 2020 - 4:35 pm
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In an ominous sign for college athletics, the Ivy League has decided not to play any sports as scheduled for the remainder of 2020, according to multiple reports.

This means all fall sports, including football, will not be played while winter sports, such as hockey and basketball, will not be played until after Jan. 1.

There is a possibility that fall sports could be moved to the spring.

Winter sports are expected to have an update mid-July on their respective practice schedules, per CBS Sports’ John Rothstein, while activities, such as meetings or weight training in the fall, will be determined by individual schools, per Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.

The Ivy League was the first collegiate conference to shut down its conference basketball tournaments in March when the coronavirus pandemic first began to spike in the U.S., but other conferences may not necessarily follow suit this time.

According to Stadium Insider Brett McMurphy, the Ivies are “not as vulnerable financially” as other conferences that have major TV contracts which generate a ton of revenue for its schools.

The NCAA football season is scheduled to start in under two months, but still plenty of questions remain on the safety of student-athletes. LSU and Clemson both saw a spike in COVID-19 cases when resuming workouts in June while other programs such as Houston and Kansas were forced to suspend voluntary workouts.

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