By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Around the country, colleges have been canceling college sports for the fall, including college football. This is due to the concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mid-American Conference is the first conference in the FBS ranks to cancel their entire college football season. This announcement was made on Saturday.
“I’m heartbroken we are in this place,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said.
That means in October and November, there will be no midweek MACtion. This was the only FBS conference who would hold college football games on Tuesday and Wednesday on ESPN, ESPN2, and other channels.
There’s concerns that colleges can open safely despite a CDC mandate that individuals must be six feet apart from each other. Many colleges around the country have already went to elearning with online classes for the fall.
Since the school’s are facing significant financial burdens, it’ll be tough to operate a season. The decision to cancel all fall sports came from the University Presidents and the conference.
There will be an attempt to make them up in the spring, but they may be tough to operate two seasons in 2021.
Plus, many college sports rely on football revenue to survive. Without that revenue in the fall, it’ll be near impossible to operate in the spring.
“It would be naive to say that you don’t give thought and consideration to what the financial ramifications or any decision are, but this was a health and well-being decision first and foremost,” Steinbrecher said. “As we sit here today, we don’t know what this will mean financially and how the rest of the fall plays out.”
All of the schools agreed with the decision.
“It’s a bitter one, but we believe it’s the right one based on the medical advice we’ve been getting from our medical advisory board,” he said.
The MAC has a deal with ESPN that says it’ll receive $1 million per year per school. However, with there being no midweek MACtion, the schools likely lost that deal for the 2020 season.