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Football may not happen at all this year, Fauci warns

June 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

Should there be any football played this season amid the coronavirus pandemic? The nation's leading infectious disease doctor's not so sure.

Players are due to NFL training camp on July 22 with the Hall of Fame Game taking place in Canton, Ohio, on August 6.

And the NCAA, which began to allow voluntary athletics activities in all Division I sports this month, on Wednesday approved a plan for summer athletic activities and preseason practice for the upcoming 2020 college football season, which is slated to get underway on August 29.

But should there be any football played this season amid the coronavirus pandemic?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, "Unless players are essentially in a bubble -- insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day -- it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall.

On Monday, several Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players tested positive for the coronavirus, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

When asked how the positive tests impact the league planning in terms of beginning training camps and the upcoming season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN on Monday, "We expect we are going to have positive tests.

In a memo in May, Goodell provided protocols on a gradual reopening of team facilities, starting with a limited amount of employees, and later moving on to players.

In May, the NFL canceled all planned international games due to the pandemic, moving them instead to the US.

If both NFL and college football seasons are able to finish, the Super Bowl will be played on February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

The College Football Playoff National Championship game takes place on January 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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