Fauci: Sports return without fans possible this summer

Doors closed on the sports world over a month ago, but Dr. Anthony Fauci sees a path to the games returning this summer.

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an immunology specialist, is leading the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In short, the key is simple: access to testing and quick and accurate results from those tests. And no fans in the stands.

“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told Snapchat’s show “Good Luck America” when asked if there was going to be a college football season in 2020. “Nobody comes to the stadiums. Put (athletes) in big hotels, wherever you want to play. Keep them very well-surveilled, but have them tested like every week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their families and just let them play the season out.”

The model is akin to the NBA’s plan, which reportedly includes housing players in adjoining hotels in Las Vegas or the Bahamas with multiple gyms available for games to be played in but without fans in attendance.

Major League Baseball also reportedly has plotted playing in Arizona, where players would be housed in hotels near spring training baseball sites for games.

The final two segments of the three-part interview with Fauci are being released by Snapchat on Thursday and Friday.

President Donald Trump said he will seek input from a panel of sports commissioners and owners, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, as he looks to reopen the American economy.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)