Pac-12 cancels fall sports due to public health concerns

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USC plays in the Pac-12 conference. Players and coaches faced tough news this week as the conference decided to postpone all sporting events for the rest of the year. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

The Pac-12 conference has decided to postpone all sporting events for the rest of the year. That means no soccer, volleyball or football. Pac-12 health officials say it’s too risky, for example, for a player to recover from COVID, end up with an enlarged heart, and then sustain a big hit on the football field.

Coaches, fans, marching band members, and people who work seasonal jobs at the games are affected too. There will be financial impacts, from the lost ticket revenues to TV deals and sponsorships.

The Pac-12 is hoping that the fall slate of sports could be played in spring 2021.

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