COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the world of sports

From Major League Baseball to New Jersey colleges, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the world of sports.

News 12 Staff

Jul 28, 2020, 3:07 AM

Updated 1,361 days ago

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From Major League Baseball to New Jersey colleges, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the world of sports.
The New York Yankees’ home opener was delayed until Wednesday and Monmouth University has announced that there will not be any sports this fall.
The Monmouth University football team worked for months on a plan to deal with the coronavirus, but announced that the season would be delayed.
“We knew there was a potential for a decision to be made at some point. We really just didn’t think it would be this soon in the process, so it caught us all by surprise a little bit,” says Coach Kevin Callahan.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ignited the decision, canceling all fall sports for the season.
Other sports teams are near a breaking point because of the virus. The entire Rutgers football program is in quarantine after six positive cases.
“I believe that the incidents had nothing to do with athletic activity,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.
But details of how the players got sick are scarce. Head Coach Greg Schiano would not agree to be interviewed. Neither would a representative from the Middlesex County Health Department.
Over in the MLB, the Florida Marlins had an outbreak of the virus – their game against the Baltimore Orioles was delayed, along with the Yankees-Phillies game, because the Phillies had just played the Marlins.
NFL athletes say that seeing all of this happen has them concerned about their season.
“It makes me very nervous,” Patriots defensive back Jason McCourty said on his podcast. “I’ve gone on social media and seen guys in a nightclub and it’s like, ‘Yo, we’re attempting to play football. That’s not gonna be OK.”
But at Monmouth University, there were no outbreaks, which makes the news about the delayed season tough to break to the players.
“It was emotional and to have the opportunity kind of taken away from them when it’s something beyond their control is sometimes difficult to accept,” says Callahan.
Callahan says that players will return to campus when the semester begins. He says that there is hope of a football season in the spring.


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