Sports Fans Won’t Attend Games Without Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Finds

(ThePatriotSource.Com)- President Donald Trump is itching to get the United States back to normal as soon as possible. He wants to ease restrictions on movement ASAP so that the economy can start going again.
From a morale perspective, one thing that consistently does a great job of bringing people together and rallying behind a cause is professional sports. So, naturally, sports fans are itching to see leagues re-start again so they can root on their favorite team.
These professional sports franchises are obviously itching to get re-started again, too, not just for the love of the sport, but because it’s big business.
While the NHL, NBA, MLB and other major sports leagues are on pause right now and don’t know if and when they’ll re-start, the NFL is plowing ahead and insisting that its next season will start on time at the end of summer.
But even if the leagues do start playing again sometime soon — and if they’re even allowed to welcome fans into stadiums and arenas — they might be doing so with a lot of empty seats.
According to a Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business survey, 72% of Americans said they wouldn’t attend a sporting event before there was a vaccine for the coronavirus. Of those polled who said they were sports fans, still 61% said they wouldn’t attend a game without a vaccine.
Even if social distancing measures could somehow be ensured at the stadiums, only 12% of respondents said they’d go to games. And only 13% of people polled said they’d feel comfortable going to sporting events as they had before the coronavirus pandemic.
This is pretty startling news to many people, as sports fans are often considered die-hard. They attend games in the brutal heat, bitter cold and with rain, snow and wind. They seem to put all caution to the side and put their teams first.
But apparently, they won’t put their health behind their heart, at least when it comes to rooting on their team in person.
“This virus has the attention and respect of the nation. Those who identify as sports fans, at all levels of interest, line up closely with the general population in regard to their own safety and that of the players,” said the director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, Rick Gentile.
Most professional sports leagues have been putting in contingency plans for starting their seasons as soon as possible. These have included plans for playing games in empty stadiums with only players and essential personnel, but no fans. This would allow the teams to start playing again, and for the league and teams to start generating revenue.
While the teams will obviously lose out on money they’d get at the gate — between ticket sales and concessions — the big losers in professional games with no fans are the cities and their local businesses.
No fans means no parking revenue. No fans means no one attending local bars before and after games. No fans means no hotel stays for people traveling from afar.
Sports may not be on the top of everyone’s mind right now, but there’s no doubt that it has a huge economic impact across the country. If this poll proves true, sports could be in for a challenging ride ahead.
After all, a vaccine for coronavirus isn’t expected to be created, approved and readily available until at least 2021.