The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the sports calendar, as it's been widely reported that the Ivy League will soon announce the cancellation of all 2020 fall sports:
Sources: Ivy League programs have been informed that fall sports have been cancelled.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 8, 2020
The conference will not entertain any sports being played until after January 1st.
Winter sports will have an update in mid-July on their respective practice schedules.
It's heartbreaking news for those Ivy League athletes who, like their winter- and spring-season counterparts, will lose a full season from their already-short collegiate careers. There is, however, still some hope that the football season may be moved to the spring:
Ivy League cancels all of fall sports. It could determine at later date whether football will be played in spring or not until fall 2021. 1st reported by @JonRothstein. Don’t expect FBS to necessarily make same call, sources told @Stadium. “Ivies aren’t as vulnerable financially"— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 8, 2020
It's important to note that the Ivy League was the first conference to cancel their tournament back in March, when the America's coronavirus pandemic had barely begun. That being said, like McMurphy's tweet states, Ivy League sports generally aren't a financial boon for the institutions. There's significantly more money on the line for Power 5 schools, something that will (unfortunately) factor more into their decisions. Even if this doesn't end up being The First Domino like it was in March, it's deeply disheartening to see that 10 months after sports began cancellations, the country isn't any better off.