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How are these athletic events supposed to work?

At a time like this, when cities across the country are up in flames, people who love sports would typically use athletic competition as an outlet for their collective depression, either as a participant in some church softball league, or as a couch potato tuning into the boob tube to watch a pro or college event. Now, though, even that has been taken from us, courtesy of COVID-19, or has it? Time will tell. I get it. Sports fans, athletes, and their family fans want their beloved games to begin again. At the same time, there is this lethal virus, courtesy of China and brain-dead American politicians, spreading misery around the world, so I’m wondering, even if fan attendance is restricted, how will the players react if an athlete comes down with COVID-19? Based on how NBA players reacted when Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive in 1991 -- scared of viral transmission via shared blood (cuts); not wanting to play on a court with him – not well. Considering that the Magic story involved a virus not nearly as transmittable as SARS-CoV-2, what that bodes for future sports events, who knows. If someone gets infected, how is contact tracing going to work in a case like that to find out how many other people might now be infected? For college football, much less high school football, since it can sometimes take a SARS-infected patient up to two weeks to show symptoms, while shedding (spreading) the virus in the meantime, how can health officials track down everyone with whom the player has been in contact, including not only his teammates, but players from other teams as well? The coaches, the refs? Obviously, there will be no difference between male and female sports. It’s really impossible, I think, to track down everyone who may have come in contact with an infected athlete. Meaning, each player and coach will ultimately have to decide how much risk they are willing to take to continue playing competitive sports. It’s already evident that some athletic venues are taking every precaution possible to protect fans, players, coaches, refs, etc. Last week, for example, Ron Patel, the president of Golden Grape Entertainment, which owns and operates HEB Park in Edinburg, the RGV FC Toros (soccer), the Bert Ogden Arena, and the RGV Vipers (NBA G League team), said in a press release, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to host ...

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