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Sports Without Fans, Are You Going To Watch?

Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

By Stephen Diener

The President announced the government’s plans to reopen the country yesterday and sports was a big topic of conversation.

One thing the President said that caught my ear was that he doesn’t want a “new normal” but rather he wants things to return to normal in the future. He specifically mentioned wanting to see 110,000 people at an Alabama football game again.

But the question is when? When are we are going to see that normal? The answer, no one really knows for sure.

One thing we do know for sure though is when sports does return this year, it is going to be without fanfare.

Empty arenas, stadiums, and stands.

That will be the “new normal” for the time being. The President said as much yesterday along with Dr. Fauci.

But will it be too difficult for you to watch? Hopefully not. Because the reality is it will be like that for a little while.

The only way you will see the NBA or NHL playoffs is with an empty arena. MLB has come out with the idea to at least start the season possibly in June at empty spring training complexes.

It’s going to take baby steps, but we’ll get there.

The question is though, will you be watching?

I hope so.