May 27th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 21
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Sport Normal
Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
As restrictions surrounding the pandemic lessen, more and more businesses and sports leagues are starting up again.

This past Sunday, there was a special golf match between Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, to raise funds for COvid-19 relief.

In Germany, the top flight of soccer is back playing again, while following the guidelines the government put in place for them and in Korea, their top baseball league is starting soon.

Sports are also starting to return to North America.

NASCAR is back and the PGA Tour is beginning again in a couple of weeks.

The NHL and NBA are also moving forward in their plans to return by allowing small group practices and training sessions.

There are people who think this is still too early to have sports returning, which I can understand to a certain extent.

However, I want to list a few reasons why sports returning could be a good thing for people.
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First off, it can provide people with a bit more normalcy that’s been lacking since the pandemic started.

People have been struggling to find ways to pass time and sports helps in that area.

People need to find a sense that things are progressing and sports is one area that people can find that.

Another reason this is good timing for sports to come back is certain athletes and competitions are raising money for relief efforts.

This past Sunday, there was a special golf match between Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief.

The match raised $20 million for relief aid.

Earlier in the month there was another golf match between Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff took part in PGA Tour Relief, which raised $5.5 million for aid.

Having matches like this is only helping people in communities that need it.

The third reason that sports coming back now is a good thing is that it can boost local economies.

Currently, The NHL and NBA are planning to return to play using what they call Hub cities or locations.
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This means that all teams that will be returning to play will be located in one area to limit the chances of spreading the virus.

This also means that the locations or cities picked to host games will see a big boost in their local economy due to teams needing accommodation and food for an extended period of time.

While the boost in economy may only be a fairly local benefit, it’s still a positive thing to have as many areas as possible receiving that benefit and if I can watch sports while that happens in a different area form me, I’m still happy about it.

The main area of concern with sports returning is that they are all contact sports where opponents are much closer than six feet apart.

From what I’ve seen so far, all leagues that have returned or are planning to return are making it so that athletes, coaches and all team staff will be quarantined together.

This means that once all players and personnel are in their respective Hub cities, They’ll only have contact with that group of people.

This means that the general public won’t become more at risk because these athletes and coaches will be closer together.

While the return of sports won’t be perfect, it’s just one more step to getting back to what we like to call normal and at this point, I’m all for normal.
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