The college football sky is falling! The college football sky is falling!
At least, that’s the case if you follow college football Twitter.
Last week, it was reported that the Ivy League would soon announce its plans for the 2020 college football season. It has been expected that the conference would push this season to next year. Wednesday, that officially came to fruition as the Ivy League announced that football and other fall sports have been postponed. Football could be moved to the spring, although such an issue won’t be taken up until after the end of the fall semester.
The Ivy League does become the first Div. I conference to cancel football for this coming fall.
Below is a statement from the Ivy League Council of Presidents:
As a leadership group, we have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students who attend our institutions, as well as the faculty and staff who work at our schools. These decisions are extremely difficult, particularly when they impact meaningful student-athlete experiences that so many value and cherish.
With the information available to us today regarding the continued spread of the virus, we simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, consistent with the policies that each of our schools is adopting as part of its reopening plans this fall.
We are entrusted to create and maintain an educational environment that is guided by health and safety considerations. There can be no greater responsibility — and that is the basis for this difficult decision.
It should be noted that the Ivy League’s decision has zero impact on the 2020 FBS season, especially when it comes to the Power Five. Is it possible that the upcoming college football season at the FBS level moves to the spring of next year? Absolutely, especially as the number of cases in states such as California, Florida and Texas — and football programs — continue to grow. But such a decision won’t be made because the Ivy League, and its members with combined endowments in the neighborhood of $150 billion who don’t worry about trifling things like the FCS playoffs, made it.
As one Power Five administrator put it to Brandon Marcello of 247Sports.com, “I don’t think people understand how [the Ivy League’s decision] simply doesn’t affect us.” More from Marcello’s report:
FBS conferences followed the lead of the Ivy League in mid-March, when the league was the first to cancel its postseason basketball tournament. The real-time decision in March amid a new growing threat, however, is much different in circumstance and scope than the impending decision Wednesday concerning football in the Ivy League. Power 5 commissioners have discussed the need to wait and not follow the Ivy League in meetings this week.
This tweet, though, puts everything into perspective. Financial perspective, that is.
Ivy League's 8 schools generated about $30.1 million in football-only revenue in FY19.
Big Ten's 14 schools generated about $1.02 billion in football revenue in FY19.
P5 conferences will look at Ivy League but doesn't mean they will follow directly. https://t.co/FOoGTWBjKD
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) July 8, 2020