Sports events, as many of our traditional societal and cultural gatherings have been put on hold across the country as a result of the covid-19 outbreak. Basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer are in hiatus – from the professional teams to college teams. The NFL is now looking at canceling its 2020 season, or modifying it somehow to dovetail with the national health outlook.
What is more, a recent poll of Americans stated that 3 out of 4 sports fans would not attend in person a sports event unless a covid-19 vaccine has been developed and given to much of the U.S. population. If the coronavirus is with us into the fall and social distancing is still with us, 70% of the American public say the NFL shouldn’t start up, while 20% think the league should start up, yet give the players the choice to play or not play. A mere 6% go for a full opening of the NFL with no provisions.
Of course, it is up to the players themselves if they’re going to play as usual with the full physical contact sports fans are accustomed to in the heat of competition.
And there is now talk of baseball and football games being played without fan attendance—nobody in the sports stadiums.
Sports celebrities do face a wide range of threats to them and their loved ones or valuable team members every hour of every day. The coronavirus itself is part of this threat of bodily grievance, but there are also other ways that people intending harm can utilize the covid-19 virus as a means of harm. Imagine what harm could be done with someone coming into the close area of a sports star and coughing. However, just the written or implied threat of such is also something that executive protection experts like our team at WWPro prevent or thwart.