This is a pretty tough scenario. I mean, the purpose of the VISA's that these students get is for academic purposes only. If school is not conducting in-person classes, I can see why they would get revoked. That may sound cold, but if the reason for a particular VISA is no longer valid, then why should they still have one? And that isn't just for student-athletes, but all students. I get all the team stuff and everything, but this is a pretty legitimate issue IMO.So here is an issue: ICE is rescinding visas for international students who can't attend on campus classes. Let's say UMaine goes online only for the fall. Do 75% of the men's and women's basketball teams lose their immigration status?
UNLV will be hosting two PAC 12 teams in the new Raiders stadium, a stadium that just lost out on a Barca-Real Madrid friendly. That's going to be a massive, massive hole in the budget for both the school and the stadium.And if this does happen and they play their football season in the fall, this will cripple the other conferences that play FBS football. For example, the MAC (schools like Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, etc) play many games every year vs P5 schools, esp the Big Ten. Someone had mentioned the loss of guarantee money for hoops if the season is lost...well, just imagine in football. I know several of those schools, not just in the MAC, but also in Conference-USA, the Mountain West, etc will play a couple of those games annually, which can mean upwards of $1.5 million or more for their budgets. I know a lot of that is used to offset travel for their team and the like, but that is still a giant hole in the budget that will go unfilled.
Did a quick look:
Eastern Michigan is set to play at Kentucky and Missouri
Kent State is playing at Kentucky and Alabama and was scheduled to play at Penn State
Bowling Green was playing at Ohio State and Illinois
Northern Illinois was playing at Iowa and Maryland
Central Michigan was playing at Nebraska and Northwestern
Ball State was playing at Indiana and Michigan
Western Kentucky is at Louisville and was scheduled at Indiana
One school that would be in a LOT of trouble would be independent BYU. They are supposed to play at Utah, at Arizona State, at Minnesota, at Stanford, host Michigan State and Missouri. That is a lot of gate money and presumably guarantee money as well to be losing.
Anyway, yes the TV money is a HUGE deal for the leagues and teams, but when you lose money that was coming directly into your budget from another school, that's a pretty big problem.
Navy and Army were granted an exemption because they “are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education,” the Patriot League said in its statement. The Navy football team, which competes in the American Athletic Conference, reported to campus July 5 and is in the midst of completing a 14-day isolation period. The Army football team competes as a Football Bowl Subdivision independent.
A Navy spokesman said it is at “ground zero” in trying to build schedules for its fall teams that compete in the Patriot League; facing Army multiple times is an option.
The theory on "conference-only" seems to be two-fold. First is that the conference can agree on what protocols are taken or not taken and everyone has to be on board with it. Second, and probably more importantly from the conference perspective, is that the schedule can be wiped clean and re-done from scratch to ensure that they can get in a full set of games and re-schedule games if it becomes necessary to postpone a week or two for one or all teams in the conference.Man, I have been trying to maintain an optimistic point of view in regards to college football/sports this fall but it is becoming apparent that there is just no way in hell it is going to happen. I know the P5 conferences are still going to be doing everything within their power to have some sort of a season due to the mounds of cash they get, but even conference-only seasons are looking like pipe dreams. Speaking of which, I guess I'm still not quite understanding how conference-only makes anything any safer. I mean, is it safer for Iowa to play at Penn State (clearly a flight) as opposed to Iowa State?
Along this same topic, I really don't see how the professional sports are going to make it through their seasons either. You already have some baseball players opting out of the season.
It is kinda hard to wrap my head around all the stuff going on in this world right now.