Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, June 23, 2020 -- "We're Back?"

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 "Talking to Louie Belina on KZNE earlier today, he was disappointed that I wasn’t more excited about yesterday’s developments. I’m a baseball guy and there’s now baseball on the horizon, so I should be happy. I’m ambivalent, however, largely because I don’t think the league will be able to play through a schedule and keep its players and staff healthy. There was a moment last week when every hour brought more news of athletes testing positive. The Phillies. The Orlando Pride. LSU, Clemson, Texas, and Boise State football. SARS-CoV-2 is present in our communities, and the only way to keep it from spreading is to keep people away from one another. The virus is in charge. It doesn’t care about your health and safety memos, or for that matter your television contracts."