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Want to know exactly what the NFL faces in trying to play a full 2020 season? Well, when you are done here at Big Blue View go and read Peter King’s full interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci. It’s a reality check. Here’s a snippet:
Toward the end of a 20-minute telephone interview Saturday evening with America’s COVID-19 expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, I asked a question about testing, and about NFL teams playing football this fall.
“Suppose,” I asked, “you test a team of 53 players on a Saturday night and four are positive. Is there a level at which—”
Fauci, the director of the National Institutes for Health since 1984, interrupted. “You got a problem there,” he said. “You know why? Because it is likely that if four of them are positive and they’ve been hanging around together, that the other ones that are negative are really positive. So I mean, if you have one outlier [only one player testing positive], I think you might get away. But once you wind up having a situation where it looks like it’s spread within a team, you got a real problem. You gotta shut it down.”
Shut it down. Quarantine the team, he means. For 14 days. The next two games for that team? Cancelled or postponed. That could be life in the NFL in 2020.
How, exactly, do you sanitize NFL stadiums that aren’t exactly anything close to clean or germ-free under normal circumstances?
Here is a glimpse at what it might look like, through the eyes of Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Group, parent company for the Atlanta Falcons and Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
One vendor has proposed infrared cameras for gate entrances, which could mass-screen people to identify high fevers. That’s hardly an end-all solution. “We know there are a lot of people who run around without symptoms,” Cannon said.
It’s a given, though, that the days of opening gates two hours before kickoff with a mob scene are over. That process will begin earlier — without the mob scene. Cannon said they are considering designating specific gates for fans to enter that would depend on the location of their seats. More shocking could be an appointed time window for fans to enter — which is even more intriguing, considering the late-arriving crowds that are a Falcons tradition.
“In the same way that airlines do group one, two, three, four, five, six, we’re going to create order,” Cannon said. “In the old days, everybody flocks in front of the security entry and you get all kinds of congregating. We’re going to have to solve that, and some of that could mean a staged entry.”
Cannon expects changes at stadiums will be reminiscent of how airline travel changed after 9/11, which ushered in an elaborate security process — and much consternation.
“Out of necessity,” Cannon said, “people will accept certain inconveniences that in the old world would have been inconceivable.”
This is noteworthy mostly because there is some criticism of Jason Garrett in here.
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