Yes, testing is key. But so is mitigation treatment. This is not just an old-person virus. It can beat up a perfectly healthy young person as well. I have confidence in our medical people to get us there, but getting us there by June seems wildly optimistic.
I'd say St. Louis lacks the money support the NBA going head-to-head with the NHL. Those are a lot of dates to cover. St. Louis could support a NFL team, as it did quite well, if an owner wanted to come here. The Rams left because the owner is all about money and saw an obvious opportunity to exploit in Los Angeles.
Yes, the NCAA realized that this ruling granting an extra year would cause economic hardship. Why did it pass the buck to beleaguered athletic departments? Because the NCAA often makes decisions that are utterly disconnected from the reality on the ground. The NCAA's woeful leadership throughout this crisis has major conferences and big-time schools wondering more about forming a different sort of association.
That's really optimistic.
The NCAA played its entire regular season and some of its league postseason tourneys before the shutdown. So that granting another year for seniors didn't make as much sense as it did for spring sports. Also, there would have been a huge financial component for many programs. Schools would have had to throw more players than usual off their scholarship to take back some seniors. That or they would have expanded rosters -- which is neither practical nor economically feasible at many places.
The Blues would still be defending champions. Would we see more of the Cup? Probably not a whole lot more.
Those teams are owned by wealthy people. During the shutdown MLB doesn't have to pay full salaries. And, again, I see baseball coming back in some form this year. MLB will have to adjust its economics in coming years to reflect lost revenue and there will be shared pain between owners and players. But I don't see the Pirates and Reds folding.
If the sport returns, there will be no shutting things down if one player tests positive. The sport can't return under those conditions. That's why mitigation treatment will be critical, in addition to the testing.
As it noted earlier, if you put a XFL team into a NFL market, it will get treated like a minor league entity. I thought the MLS did a good job early on getting into some markets that were not as crowded and gaining the benefit of extra attention.
They will need their wealthy boosters -- and they have a few -- to step up to the plate. The atheltic department already need financial assistance due to the stupid postseason ban, then the NCAA decreased its payment to Division I schools . . . and now football is in some peril, as least as far as live attendance goes.
Not many MLB, NBA or NHL teams go head to head with major college football for fan support. That would create quite the TV schedule, no?
Every city is different. St. Louis has big league baseball the summer, unlike Nashville or Charlotte, and it's a thing here. It may not be for everybody but it works for us. We're talking about crowds pushing 40,000 in the stadium and Ballpark Village hopping when there is a season. St. Louis has lots of great restaurants and bars, too, but they sit in pockets here and there. Nashville is epic because it has a massive entertainment district right next to its arena and it convention center -- and just over a bridge to the football stadium. The centralization of activity makes that one of the great party desinations. Charlotte? I've only been there once and stayed out in the burbs, so I have no opinion on that city.
Because I like baseball, hockey and college basketball and I am intrigued by soccer.
The Chargers scenario is not ideal, but I have no reason to believe the team is for sale or the team is looking to leave the West Coast.
When you look at franchise values, I'd go with MLB second and the NBA third. The NHL is a distant fourth. College football, college basketball and NASCAR all have strong followings.
I imagine baseball will outlast football, at least football in its current form.
MLB has some weak links, for sure, and the NBA has pretty good wealth distribution. But the 2019 Forbes study had nine MLB teams in the world's Top 50 most valuable sports franchises compated to seven for the NBA. The NFL dominated that list, but lost a little ground in the Top 50 with 26 teams instead of 29.
Athletic departments have dumped entire non-revenue sports over the years due to student-athlete costs. Way back when Mizzou realized it coudn't afford tennis, for instance. As for your other issue -- the cost of physically attending college vs doing on-line coursework -- that is another scary thought for universities as a whole.
That depends on the market. Take that opinion over to Kansas City and you will jumped. That city sets its calendar to the Chiefs season. Overall the NFL is still huge. But the concussion problem, if it remains unsolved, will eat away at that sport. A few more guys are retiring early and a lot fewer kids are playing at the feeder level.
Athletic departments are staring at millions upon millions in revenue loss. They have already felt the pain of the NCAA Tournament cancellation. Attendance decline and potential loss of booster dollars are next on the horizon. You will see pay and staff cuts at schools. The same goes for conference operations. College sports lived off the fat of a booming economy and that economy is gone.
OK, on that note I will call it a day. I will be back next Friday. Until then, be safe out there.