Study: Cost of canceling CFB in ’20 could exceed $4B

No college football in 2020 would come at the cost of $4 billion and the elimination of other non-revenue sports across the NCAA, according to a report from ESPN.Already facing massive reductions in revenue from the abrupt end of the college basketball season, including the absence of postseason tournaments in men’s and women’s basketball, schools are attempting to address the potential for an even bigger hit this fall if the coronavirus pandemic forces college football off the field.ESPN reported Thursday the loss could exceed $4 billion — approximately $1.2 billion of it in ticket-related revenue — and the ripple effects would last decades.”If there’s no football season, or if football season is interrupted or shortened, there will be a massive fallout,” TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati told ESPN. “There would have to be massive cutbacks. Could the department go on? Sure. It would probably look smaller. There would potentially be fewer sports and much less programming.”ESPN cited a study undertaken by Washington University’s Dr. Patrick Rishe, who used public data and records to assemble the financial fallout that would follow the cancellation of the entire 2020 college football season.

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English Premier League will resume season on June 17

English Premier League will resume season on June 17

The English Premier League has agreed to a provisional return on June 17 without fans in attendance. It ends a three-month break to England’s top-flight football competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal will be the first games to take place, featuring the four teams that…

Daniel Ricciardo admits Ferrari discussions before McLaren move

Daniel Ricciardo admits Ferrari discussions before McLaren move

Formula One played its own version of musical chairs after Sebastian Vettel revealed he was leaving Ferrari earlier this month. Days after Vettel’s May 12 announcement, Carlos Sainz Jr. was signed to replace the German and, when the music stopped, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was set to take the 25-year-old Spaniard’s seat at McLaren in 2021.…

Father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith dies after contracting coronavirus

Father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith dies after contracting coronavirus

The father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has passed away from coronavirus aged 79, the English Premier League club has confirmed. Smith’s father Ron had been living in a care home having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago​, according to the football club. ​In a statement, they said he contracted Covid-19 four weeks…

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