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Pandemic Response

Managing collegiate athletics during the pandemic.


During 2020 restrictions against playing or gathering for sports occurred at the professional, collegiate, high school and youth league levels. Restrictions were placed on sports by State, local, and league authorities, and by individual teams themselves.

In 2021, as COVID-19 cases and deaths still proliferate, but vaccines are being distributed, how should authorities assess the safety and advisability of playing sports? What criteria should they use? How and when should restrictions be lifted or reimposed?

The panel discussion was moderated by ESPN Sports Analyst Heather Dinich engaging four panelists: UCLA Athletic Director, Martin Jarmond, Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith Gill, and VP of Legal Affairs and General Council for the NCAA Scott Bearby.

Managing Collegiate Athletics During a Pandemic