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Life Without Sports During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The Paul Zeise Show
March 23, 2020 - 9:42 pm

As we all deal with the Coronavirus outbreak, things have been put on hold in our daily lives.

Many are without work as non-essential businesses have had to closed to help slow the spread of the virus.

Gathering with family and friends at neighborhood restaurants and bars cannot happen for the foreseeable future.

And sports of all kinds and at all levels have come to a halt.

When you consider a time when leagues and teams might begin to resume some of their activities like workouts and practices, some would argue that its just sports and sports are not important right now. Paul has a different view.

"I have to emphasize this because it's incredible how many people just don't seem to be able to understand that what we do here is sports. So, we're talking about it and coming at it from a sports angle," he said during his show Monday night.

"I understand that there are far more important things... although I think people are starting to realize how important sports are; how big a part of our society sports are."

Zeise said that for years, people at his newspaper thought of sports as the "toy department" of the paper. He said, "Sports is obviously a big, big...big, big part of why people want to read newspapers and why people go to websites. People really care about sports and the other thing is, I think there's a lot of people realizing just how many people are employed because of sports.

"We're at a point now where if you're still one of these people that really don't think that it's that important, then I think that you are basically really not paying attention.

"Without sports, we've got a lot of people that are out of work. A lot of people that are hurting. And we don't even have sports to take our minds off of it."

Paul believes that this coming week will be very important for getting an idea of when daily life and sports could return.

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