I have to admit this didn’t occur to me.
Are there changes in how officiating may occur in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus?
Mano: “There is widespread talk about the risks of doing something as simple as referees blowing into whistles. For basketball or wrestling or any sport with close contact and physicality, referees are breathing hard and blowing a whistle. If you take a time lapse of a ref blowing a whistle, you’ll see minor spray coming out. That’s exactly what you don’t want.
“Now there’s a conversation of only using hand-electronic whistles. Boy, that would be a sea change. It might happen. When you see a foul, you press a thing in your hand and it makes the noise through the system in the arena or the gym or outside.”
Good suggestion. Only one problem:
How many of these hand-electronic whistles are there for the officiating community?
Mano: “Not enough. We don’t have an inventory number. We know they have been tried in different places. The manufacturing of them would have to ramp up big time. You’d have to have a company like Fox 40 International in Canada, which makes the Fox 40 whistle that’s the gold standard in officiating, switch up and make electronics.”
This shit’s complicated. You think your average school president has gamed it all out yet?