MLB cancels two games due to Covid-19 outbreak—What it could mean for the rest of society
So remember: the miami marlins team they’ve got all these tests, but they were not in miami. They were in philadelphia. So then the yankees were going to play in philly, but now the yankees aren’t coming to that game, because they would have been sharing that visitor’s locker room. So the the baltimore team who were in miami to play the game they’ve now flown black flown back to baltimore they’re, not going to be there in miami, because so we know that game tomorrow is not going to get played either. So all of a sudden i’ve. Just named four teams: miami had just played in atlanta in an exhibition game before opening days, that’s five teams. So so how far does this go? There’S only 30 teams in mlb – i just named five right there. What does that mean for other sports that are not in a bubble? What does that mean for football right, so this is going to be a real tricky one. A lot of emergency meetings at baseball today, julia, not to mention that, as you said, the ratings were great over the weekend for baseball’s return, so how much of a setback would it be all of a sudden if we have many fewer games this season, if it’s Scrapped altogether it would absolutely be a setback not just to espn, but also to fox. I mentioned those very strong fox ratings.
I think kelly. The real question here is, you know this is the first live sports we’ve seen we know there’s audience demand, we don’t know if they’ll be able to pull it off.
So the question is: what does this mean not just for the mlb, but also for the nba? Also for the nhl, obviously each of these teams is handling this differently. The nba is operating in a bubble which might really help to tamp down on the risk of spread, but there’s a lot riding on this. And then, if you look ahead to football, i mean the nfl is by far the most lucrative of all these sports for the networks, an estimated four and a half billion dollars in ads just in the regular season last year for the nfl. So a lot of concern to you know people wanting to make sure that those games happen eric. I don’t know the answer to this question: uh that’s. Why i’m asking are there penalties that could be imposed against a team like the marlins for having such a huge number of cova tests? I mean has major league baseball, you know you have one team that has this number and it’s going to affect that many more teams, and maybe the whole league, it depends like penalties. I mean depends how you enforce it. There’S a lot of things that are written in rules. You necessarily do those things, for example the nfl they rolled out rules that you would not get paid.
If we figured out that you were in a high risk situation, like an indoor nightclub, a lot of indoor events, things that are high density, so the nfl put that in writing.
I don’t know what the mlb is going to do. I think this is much bigger than penalties. You can go ahead and penalize the marlins, but if you end up losing the whole season, is that really going to make up for what you lost that’s? Why i asked? Were the players or the the teams aware that there would be penalties penalties available? If not, then you know the the. Of course, the incentive is to to be uh healthy because you want the lead to keep going, but if there’s no huge penalty to pay, i think that uh, if they end up cancelling the season and nobody gets paid, i think that’s going to be the penalty. Remember, look we just had the world series cheaters, they didn’t really get penalized for cheating in the world series i’m, not sure how much they’re going to penalize people for getting coveted against depends how they got it right. We don’t know how they got it. If everyone did the right thing and it happened anyway, i think that’s what this research going to be about this is they were in philadelphia. So how come the philadelphia players didn’t get it so so we don’t know we just don’t, know and that’s what’s going to be interesting to find out and that’s what makes it diana so kind of we’re all watching this, not just because it’s about sports, but because It’S a test case for what we should expect when we send our kids back to school or are in work, environments or dense.
You know office, towers or residential towers. I mean we’re kind of all watching this as a test case of how quickly this thing spreads and and what you can really realistically do to keep yourself safe right, and it also has to do with communities. Look these developments that we’re seeing across the country, whether in atlanta’s battery or as we showed you, st louis or right here at nats park. This is retail. This is hospitality. This is, you know, restaurants, all around the stadiums, and actually this year, they’re trying to bring people to the stadiums you know having big screens outside like they’re doing in atlanta, or trying to have watch parties at some of the restaurants just to have people near the Stadiums so it’s all not just about the game itself here, but the communities and the businesses that are thriving around them.