'This Could Be the Year That We Don't Play': College Athletes Face Uncertainty, Health Risks On Campus

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 1:32pm
Updated: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 8:27am

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Ken Shropshire
Arizona State University
Kenneth Shropshire

Colleges and universities continue to grapple with when to fully open their campuses — which have largely been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A spike in cases in Arizona and most of the rest of the nation has caused further delays and could leave many campuses without a lot of in-person students through the fall semester.

But student-athletes — especially football and men’s basketball players — face deeper challenges, because their sports are expected to generate millions of dollars in income. If games aren’t played, that means they’re not televised, and revenues that support other sports may be lost.

The Show spoke with Kenneth Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute at ASU, for more about these issues.

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