Week 3 – Sports in the age of Covid

Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it especially in sports. Across the country athletes are having to stop playing their respective games due to the risk of further spreading the deadly disease. While many look at this as a necessary evil to slow the spread of the pandemic many don’t understand the long term impact this has already had on programs. Cancelling seasons results in huge losses of revenue and has forced colleges including are own App State to cut programs from the agenda permanently. App State has already cancelled Men’s soccer, Tennis and indoor track. While the immediate impact of these cuts like scholarships are in the limelight at the moment the cut goes much deeper. 

In the articles “Former App State Coaches, Players Come to Terms with the Cutting of Their Programs” and  “App State’s Rich Soccer Tradition…Was the Golden Era Pushed to the Wayside?” we are brought witness to long term and historical impacts that can be caused. Just by cutting Men’s soccer the university is letting go of a promising program that recorded 11 wins the previous season and their rich history that dates back to the 70s. Soccer used to be a serious sport on App State’s campus and hold claim to the player who has the most career goals in NCAA soccer history, Thompson Usiyan with 109. By eliminating this program you are ending what was once a national powerhouse in the game and further burying your universities roots. 

This personally was hard for me due to the fact that I work in athletics and have to see both sides of this terrible process. Seeing athletes get their sport ripped from them is a terrible thing and even worse may be the coaches. Jobs that they depend on to pay the bills no longer exist and division one opportunities don’t open up every day. On the other hand to keep the university afloat cuts did have to be made and unfortunately the big money makers like football aen;t on the chopping block. 

Overall this pandemic has had massive effects on the sporting world and maybe has given a chance for us to rethink how we do collegiate sports as discussed in  Andrew McGregors piece. Here he discusses the idea of massive funding of sports putting people in awkward spots resulting in their success in order to meet financial guidelines. In other words if we invest so much into a program but it’s not successful we can’t get our return. This is what has happened at big programs like Texas A&M, they have invested so much in football that if the season is not played they stand to lose upwards of 85 million. This raises ethical dilemmas in the sense that it wasn’t safe enough to play sports like tennis but it is safe enough to play high contact games like football.

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