Cost/benefit analysis

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec isn’t saying what’s coming in response to the pandemic, he’s just sayin’.

What is an acceptable infection rate? That hasn’t been determined by the league, Schovanec said. Both Schovanec and Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt have discussed 20% as a possible number. Should 20% of a team test positive, that week’s game would be postponed, hypothetically.

That decision will not be made solely by the Big 12 presidents. “Deciding what is the critical threshold, the input of coaches and ADs is critical,” Schovanec said.

Football is critical to each school’s bottom line. Even Texas, with its budget of almost $225 million, needs football revenue from TV broadcasters and season ticket holders.

“Kirby and his team have done a lot of planning about the financial implications that we face,” Schovanec said. “What do we do if we have a reduced schedule? What do we do if we don’t have football? If we don’t play football, it will be difficult to have any sports.”

Asked if that meant from a medical standpoint or financial one, Schovanec said, “Both.”

Um, sure.  I think the First Rule of College Athletics Administration applies here.

Schovanec said presidents are ready to let fall practice begin as scheduled on Aug. 7 and could still make a change.

All decisions will be made with student safety in mind, Schovanec stressed. Television money is not the driving force here, but Fox and ESPN pay the league based on an inventory of 57 games. A conference-only schedule is just 46. “You can’t ignore those facts,” Schovanec said.

When they say it isn’t about the money…

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22 responses to “Cost/benefit analysis

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    They’re talking acceptable casualty rates? How . . . greedy.
    Senator I get what you’re saying, but I am also put off by the “if it saves only one infection it’s worth stopping the world” types. And, no, I have no idea what the right number is.

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  2. ATL Dawg

    I like how he says presidents, coaches, and ADs will decide. Didn’t even bother to mention medical experts. They’ve got money to make!

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  3. Atticus

    So Senator if you were the AD or SEC Commish what would be your guideline to play but handle the virus?

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    • My guideline would be not to take any unnecessary risks with the health of coaches and players. Even if that isn’t cost-effective.

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      • Atticus

        Define “unnecessary”?

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        • Oh, FFS. Do I look like a public health expert to you?

          Whatever the experts recommend, with good science backing it, I would defer to.

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          • Atticus

            It was a honest question jeez, you are so sensitive. Its a freaking blog where people share their opinions and ask questions. Can you honestly tell me that public health experts are the ONLY ones that should make this decision? Are public experts taking into consideration all the health issues that arise from their decisions? Good science? LMAO. Yes we’ve seen all the good science from all sides, Trump, Congress, Dems, GOP, Birx and Fauci, Atlas, Battacharya…..they have no idea, they have been fumbling in the dark… so if its exact and measurable science then why does nobody have a clue and why are they consistently wrong on deaths, cases, inconsistent data and a failure to read demographics?

            My two cents: Take personal responsibility FFS (your words). The last thing I would do if I got the virus is blame society for not sheltering in place, wearing masks, cancelling school and sports and socially distancing. That is on me to make the best decisions especially since the average age of the mortality is 75. And if these decisions are being made by your so called experts, just do us all a favor and talk about the full range of consequences on public health for a massive loss in jobs, kids staying home when they are at very little risk, very little social interaction, walking a round in masks and being separated and the psychological impact on humans, the impact of domestic violence and social unrest and the increase in drug addiction. Explain to me how these public health experts have been discussing the full range of these decisions? And as it relates to college football then shut the whole thing down. But the problem is those public health experts aren’t the ones who have to pick up the pieces of a collapsed sports and all the related industries once the dust settles.

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            • This is exactly why I answered you the way I did.

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              • Atticus

                Because you NEVER answer a question or offering up factual opposition to what I present. Despite your cynicism I really do care about your thoughts. And what is defined as an unnecessary risk is somewhat important don’t you think? What’s wrong with offering my opinion? You only want opinions that line up with your view?

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                • I gave you my definition and you aren’t satisfied with it. That’s because you want to debate COVID science with me and I have no interest in engaging with you or anyone else here at the blog about that.

                  As far as NEVER answering a question, I recall you asking me about costs associated with the shut down and I posted not one, but two, items about that. Crickets from you, so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m not bothered by your criticism.

                  You are free to offer up your opinions. I haven’t stopped you from doing so and have no intention of doing that. And I am free not to argue with you.

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                • Atticus

                  I don’t recall you offering up factual data on the costs of the shutdown, if I missed them then I apologize. Do you recall which post it was I would certainly want to hear tham? As far as debating COVID science I have no desire to do so because nobody knows what they are talking about, that was my point. But when I asked you the definition you offered up something that isn’t measurable, you have to have a metric that determines when and how to move forward. “Unnecessary risks” won’t work withoit defining what that means.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

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      • Bulldawg Bill

        Love the platitude, Bluto, but what do you think constitutes unnecessary risk?

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  4. FlyingPeakDawg

    Why do I get the feeling teams of lawyers are already lining up on both sides and ready for action?

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  5. PTC DAWG

    Obviously, they are going to get the rona..schools all over the country have been together for a while with workouts etc….positive tests have been reported for sure..where are all the sick kids that can’t play football?

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  6. 92 Grad

    At some point, someone will have to pull the trigger and define the acceptable conditions that will allow football to be played. Problem is, nobody wants to be the trigger person. It’s such a weird situation that we are in, nobody would survive being the one to say “if the players and coaches want to play, then here are the guidelines”.

    My opinion? Nah, my only opinion is that it sucks that leaders, or, would be leaders, cant open their mouths on the subject because the odds of anyone having a career are basically zero when social media driven criticisms are done chewing up someone brave enough to say what needs to be said.

    CFB is, as someone said here, “stuck on start” until someone starts the discussion.

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  7. trbodawg

    Ron Courson – Do what what Ron says.

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