Let me start on a personal level: Writing and talking about sports seems as trivial a profession as there can be during a worldwide health crisis.
I’m cloistered at home studying the Eagles draft outlook, while brave folks are working in hospitals, stocking store shelves, hauling away our trash.
You really learn who the “essential personnel” are during a pandemic.
That said, spectator sports serve a valuable role in this country, even if they are just a diversion. Couldn’t we all use an escape from the anxiety?
I’d love to say pro sports are coming back soon, but we all know that’s not true. Any return date is a guess — and not an educated one at that. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls for canceling any event with 50 or more people for the next few months, how can any league put on a game?
Still, plans are being formulated. League offices need to be ready when the time is right. And, just as after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, these games will serve as a great healer for our country.
So let’s project the future, focusing on the two leagues already impacted — the NBA
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