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Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that the only way pro sports can happen this summer is if fans are banned and teams self-quarantine in hotels when on the road and their homes when at home.
“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told Snapchat’s Peter Hamby as part of a weeklong interview series. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. … Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family and just let them play the season out.”
He believed that there would be enough interest to watch the games on television, especially when referring to the NFL and MLB.
“I want to see them play again,” Fauci said, referring to the defending World Series Champion Washington Nationals.
Two more parts of the Snapchat interview with Fauci are scheduled to be released Thursday and Friday.
United States President Donald Trump has made it loud and clear that he wants pro sports up and running again as soon as possible after holding a call with the commissioners of the major sports a few weeks ago.
The NHL has reportedly explored playing games in locations such as North Dakota and others. The league has extended their quarantine date for players and staff through April 30. Florida has labeled pro sports as an “essential business” and the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning hail from there, so they could also resume the 2019-20 season there.
All pro sports leagues have been paused since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Harrison Brown