The NFL is not college sports. Amateur athletes aren’t paid, so it comes as less of a surprise that the Ivy League made a big decision on Wednesday.
The Ivy League announced what had been suspected for some time, fall sports would not be held during the coming semester because of concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Among those is the elephant in the room: Football.
In addition, the Ivy League said no sports will take place at least until the end of the first semester, which would impact winter sports such as men’s and women’s basketball and hockey. The Ivy League was also the first college athletics conference to cancel its college basketball tournament this spring when coronavirus first started spreading in the United States.
Because NFL players are paid professionals, circumstances are much different than those for student-athletes. That’s not to say the pro athletes aren’t human, too. But could the Ivy League once again start a trend in regard to sports this fall? It’s certainly a situation to look out for.
Currently the NBA and MLB are planning to push forward with resuming play in their respective leagues. However, those leagues have both had players drop out due to COVID-19 related concerns.
In regard to the NFL, the league is still hoping to start their regular season on time. Much earlier than that is preparations for the year via training camp. That’s slated to start much sooner than the season in September. Camps open in late July. Stay tuned to see what unfolds in the near future for the NFL.