Dr. Fauci: 'Hard to See' Football Being Played in 2020

Dan Mennella
June 19, 2020 - 3:32 pm
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Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that the NFL and college football seasons could be in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci, director of the NIAID and member of the White House's coronavirus task force, told CNN that America's favorite sport could be sidelined this fall as the US struggles to contain spikes in different regions.

"Unless players are essentially in a bubble -- insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day -- it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall," Fauci told host Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year."

Fauci's skepticism on football comes as the NBA appears to be approaching a return, while MLB remains embroiled in tense negotiations. Some basketball stars have raised concerns about resuming the season amid massive social unrest, as well as over virus concerns, but the league was scheduled to resume the 2019-20 season on July 30 at Disney World in Orlando.

Earlier this week it was reported several Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players had recently tested positive for coronavirus, including superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently acknowledged in an ESPN special called "The Return of Sports" that the league anticipates increased positive tests in the coming days and weeks as players begin undergoing tests upon arriving at training facilities, which are reopening in phases.

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