Welcome to episode 9 from our “RONA” series of the Real Talk podcast from Our Stories Your Legacy.
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In this episode we discuss the impacts of sports reopening during Covid-19. At the time of this discussion, we have basketball (NBA), baseball (MLB), and soccer (MLS, Serie A, Bundesliga, etc.) among other professional sports back in action and entertaining us. And football (NFL) opening up again, just right around the corner. This was a great follow up discussion from another one of our episodes where we had discussed 3 months in to our quarantine, the possible impact and implications that sports hold on us, and the power it may bring when it does come back. Now 6 months in since the coronavirus had locked us down, sports is back and we are discussing how we feel. To lead our discussion, we answer the 3 following questions:
Sports are back, how do you feel?
Are sports still providing the same pre-COVIDspirits / how important is it for sports to re-open?
How do you feel sports are handling the COVID situation and preparing for a safer future? Will sports ever be the same pre-COVID? (Athlete’s want to be back, but going outside of a bubble system, we‘ve seen teams affected by waves of COVID)
Throughout this episode, we have made some fascinating points on how we feel about the return of sports during COVID. As a background, we are all mostly sports fanatics, especially when it comes to Seattle based sports. Some fascinating points include, that sports coming back while we are still in a pandemic is not as alluring as it used to be. When sports used to dominate our seasons, and provided topics for conversation starters, during our time away from sports, we have either discovered or found new time to spend on other passions—think about new conversation starters like planting and hiking, for example.
Regarding the spirit that a new sport season typically would bring during pre-COVID times, we found that though we are not as hyped as we used to be, sports still brings us a chance to get together with friends and family to watch something entertaining. However, exciting the return of sports may be, it is still an uncertain part of our lives the same way the pandemic has made most things unknown about our future.
And lastly, we discussed how sports are handling the safety of their players, and whether the technology they are using will lead the way for a safer future that may allow fans to be back in stadiums and allow reopening to every other part of our society. From the discussion, it was clear there was a discrepancy between how sports are utilizing new technology and testing for their players, however, front line workers like those in the medical field, do not have the same medical advances.
Overall, this was a discussion without solutions. But by discussing them, helps us reflect on things we used to value, and the pandemic allowed us to reflect and re-evaluate.