Opinion: How the NFL and other sports leagues are handling COVID-19
By: Cody Drolet
Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and some college football teams have all decided to start or continue their seasons.
Currently, MLB, the NFL and some college football teams are the only sports currently going on right now and have already faced problems regarding COVID-19. With schedules becoming an issue due to players contracting COVID-19, questions have been raised about the players’ safety.
NFL teams like the Broncos, Jaguars, Falcons and Patriots have had their share of issues concerning COVID-19. For college football, seven weeks in and four games involving the SEC and Big Ten have been postponed due to players contracting COVID-19 already.
Sadly, players contracting COVID-19 has become more and more common, and conferences like the SEC have become stricter with guidelines as a response. Schools like Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M have been fined 100,000 dollars by the SEC for not following COVID-19 guidelines. The NFL, following in their footsteps, has been fining players for not following guidelines while certain stadiums are allowing reduced attendance or none at all.
All that to say, we have seen the MLB, NBA and NHL get through a season successfully with minimal COVID-19 cases. As long as the NFL and college football maintain their strict guidelines and players follow these guidelines they should be able to get through the season with little to no problems. I do not see any reason for leagues to have to cancel sports for the remainder of the pandemic due to a couple of players contracting the virus.