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Afternoon Line- Bob Wojnowski

If a longer pause is needed before the applause resumes, so be it. The games don’t get to rush to the front of the line. Nobody knows where this is headed, but people have forecast the decline of sports before, whether from the rise of video games, the reduction of youth participation or the unavoidable risk of injury, especially concussions.

Sports will be back, and although that’s not the prevailing concern right now, they will be needed in essential and non-essential ways. Some day it will be safe to gather again, and when it is, people will want to cheer as loudly as ever.

-Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News where you can read more on this topic.

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Once there’s testing available for anyone and everyone, the sick or infirm can self-isolate and life (and sports) can go on - they will need to test all athletes in competition, and not have fans. It won’t be safe to gather in crowds until there’s a vaccine - maybe 12 months away. So as long as sports can deal with playing to an empty house for broadcast purposes, it will be game on. Not the same.

Once fan gathering is considered legal again, the economic impacts will mean people can’t afford to go.

It is possible that 30-50% of the money comes out (franchise values down, salaries down), and we see a shift to more of a PPV model to recapture lost ticket income.

Apologies for being grim, but that is what I think right now.

Posted by mtta on 03/25/20 at 06:02 PM ET

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Posted by mtta on 03/25/20 at 06:02 PM ET

This thing is going to reveal all sorts of weaknesses in our economic models, all over the world

Posted by EthrDemon on 03/26/20 at 08:06 PM ET

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