“I’m hearing there are many more cases we don’t know about. That’s to be expected, but I think this is more widespread and a larger volume of cases than people realize in college football,” Rutledge said. “I’m getting a sense of concern from players that wasn’t there just a couple weeks ago. There’s actually some players who are trying to figure out how they could write a letter to the NCAA expressing their concerns. But here’s the problem— they want to remain anonymous because they’re concerned that all of the sudden maybe a university would say, ‘Hey, if you’re that worried about this, just quarantine and don’t play.’
“It’s a double-edged sword that while they’re worried about their health, they still really want to play football and want to be given a fair chance to compete. This will continue to be very complicated and I think you’ll see a lot more schools have to enforce quarantine. And still, all of the (athletic directors) and coaches I’ve spoken to are planning on starting college football on time.”
In terms of Tuscaloosa, a year without Alabama football would be financially catastrophic for the Druid City. According to Mayor Walt Maddox, a season with no football would lead to a $2 billion loss in revenue.
“It would be economically catastrophic for Tuscaloosa if there is no football season,” Maddox said to CBS 42. “Even a mitigated football season with restricted attendance and number of ball games would have dire economic consequences.
Alabama football accounts for a significant amount of the states economic income, for it has pulled in a roughly estimated $175.5 million according to statistics released from the university back at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Despite the potentially devastating numbers there is still hope to be had that the season takes place in some form this season.
Leave the fucking bottle on the bar (because I agree with Finebaum).
“I think college football is even more difficult than the NFL,” Finebaum said. “There’s nowhere to go to be in a bubble. You have programs all over the country with different economic situations and testing protocols. I think even if we get to a season, you will see teams that will not play or will not play a full season. It’s going to be a jig-saw puzzle of epic proportions.”
After all, when they say it’s about the money, it’s about the money.