Fan-Free Sports In The Near Future

Billy Woods | April 15th, 2020

The nations top disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently discussed the near future of sports and how likely a return to normalcy will be.

latimes.com

This time of year would normally see the NBA playoffs starting and the MLB season in full swing. But instead, sports are on a full hiatus, with the only saving grace being the years of past performances and moments that sports has to offer. This is the peak of throwback sports.

According to Fauci, a return to normalcy could be a longshot, so it’s time to start being creative and coming up with some ideas.

One idea that has been thrown around by leagues and Fauci is a “fan-free” sporting event. The WWE has tried this and wow, was it a spectacle (WWE relies entirely too much on the entrance of each wrestler and the crowd reactions during each event). The NBA has considered many ideas revolved around games with no fans. This includes the idea of playing in a practice facility with limited cameras and personnel in the area.

Even though this would be a far cry from the normal playoff atmosphere that fans and players are accustomed to, just seeing the product on the court would be good enough for fans.

The MLB has discussed fan-free games as well, with the two leagues considering playing their games in Arizona and Florida strictly and being in Grapefruit and Cactus leagues. The MLB doesn’t want to cancel the season, so efforts will be made the field teams and showcase the talent offered by baseball.

President Donald Trump has been regularly meeting with owners and commissioners across different leagues to discuss sports moving forward this summer.

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