President Biden cautions against full stadiums, for now

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The NFL expects to have full stadiums in September. Baseball’s Texas Rangers will have a full stadium now.

President Joe Biden would prefer that they didn’t.

Appearing on ESPN last night, the President called the team’s decision to start the MLB season at full capacity during the ongoing pandemic a “mistake.”

“They should listen to Dr. Fauci, the scientists and the experts,” Biden told Sage Steele. “But I think it’s not responsible.”

His comments underscore the reality that state and local politics will impact whether and to what extent sports venues will be open for business in 2021. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s recent proclamation about full stadiums for the NFL season likely carried an element of aspiration, given that some states (like California) may be reluctant in September, October, November, or December to sign off on filling football stadiums. In states like Texas and Florida, the NFL would be allowed to pack people in today.

Other states, like New York and Massachusetts, may be leery about letting the turnstiles spin. On Wednesday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked whether he has “been in touch with Governor Charlie Baker behind the scenes and have any understanding if you will be able to host a lot more fans than what we are seeing now.”

“Our organization has worked with the state and, like I said, if we could get more supply here, we could do up to 10,000 vaccinations a day,” Kraft said. “We could do a million-and-a-half people before our season would even start. We just need supply of product as well as the other sites and if that happens we should have herd immunity and I hope our people in the government sector can see it that way.”

In other words, there’s work to do to get to the place where Massachusetts will permit the Patriots to fill Gillette Stadium. Part of that work will involve vaccine logistics, and part of it will involve politics. Thus, it’s entirely possible that the 2021 season will begin, if not end, with some teams having a full house and others having far less than 100-percent capacity.

13 responses to “President Biden cautions against full stadiums, for now

  1. Roger should ask Dr Fauci what is allowable and just follow his advice. President Biden trusts Dr. Fauci 100% and President Biden is a very wise man.

  2. Our leaders leader is correct. We must listened to the experts and totally trust everything they say. They always have our best interest as their top priority.

  3. I’ll make this really easy for everyone. When football games are played there will be risks involved with attending those games. This was true in 2020, it was true in 2019, it was also true in every single year any of you have been alive (the specific risks might change, but there have always been risks of one kind or another, including ones that result in death).

    Weigh those risks, and decide whether you are prepared to take on those risks in order to attend a football game. Those who judge the risks to be unacceptably high given their personal circumstances (age, current health etc.) should stay away. Those who judge the risks to be acceptably low given their personal circumstances should attend.

    No reason for a one-size-fits-all policy at all.

  4. Weigh those risks, and decide whether you are prepared to take on those risks in order to attend a football game.
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    The risks YOU take to go to a football game should be confined to YOURSELF and be over when you get home…. but when you go visit your elderly parent or grandparent after attending a super-spreader event is a risk that they probably didn’t sign on to.

  5. Given the vaccination rates and the number of resolved infections, it’s possible that herd immunity will be achieved by the time football season rolls around.
    And with that, there would be no excuse to keep stadiums closed or at a drastically reduced capacity.

  6. Weigh those risks, and decide whether you are prepared to take on those risks in order to attend a football game.

    Right, because it’s all about you. The ignorance in this country never ceases to amaze me. How people just don’t get it is stunning.

  7. dudeicle, sure … then people can make that choice. Your parents/grandparents can choose not to have you over for some period after you’ve attended a football game if they’re worried about your status. Or, you can choose not to visit them for a while. Or, you can choose not to go to the game in the first place if visiting family regularly is more important. Some people have parents/grandparents who live in other states or other countries and don’t see them regularly anyway.

    Still not an argument for applying one policy to everyone. I understand my specific family situation and risks better than you, Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci do.

  8. Make 1st home game free or at least a minimum attendance fee to cover costs for all who can prove they were vaccinated. After that experiment, take it week to week. It might inspire a few folks to get the shots when available?

  9. There’s an argument laid out in this thread that is libertarian in concept and, on the surface, seems to promote personal responsibility. Alas, it assumes the consequences of ones actions only impacts oneself. That assumption is flawed.

    Should you be allowed to drive without restrictions if you are willing to live with the consequences? No, and that’s why driving to endanger is against the law.

    No, you do not understand pandemic risk better than Dr. Fauci. You are just more arrogant.

    Next time you go in for surgery tell the doctors and nurses that there is no need to wear masks nor sterilize the instruments.

  10. dudeicle says:
    April 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Weigh those risks, and decide whether you are prepared to take on those risks in order to attend a football game.
    ‐‐—–‐————————
    The risks YOU take to go to a football game should be confined to YOURSELF and be over when you get home…. but when you go visit your elderly parent or grandparent after attending a super-spreader event is a risk that they probably didn’t sign on to.

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    What I do after is up to me and those who choose to be around me. Your restrictions that have proven to be completely ineffective (sorry but the data is clear on this) don’t give people a choice.

  11. It’s understandable that everyone wants life to get back to normal, but this virus and its variants are still very much with us. What has happened every time governors and states try relaxing the guidelines? Cases start to go on the uptick again, and we wind up going backwards again. It’s happening right now. We need to stop trying to open everything back up and wait until it is truly safe. I doubt that it will happen because people just want what they want, consequences be damned. I would rather wait it out than to put myself or anyone else at risk. My place of work has gone backwards 3 different times because of outbreaks. My town is colored red on the state map as a high risk for COVID, again.

  12. bradygirl12 says:
    April 2, 2021 at 11:17 am
    It’s understandable that everyone wants life to get back to normal, but this virus and its variants are still very much with us. What has happened every time governors and states try relaxing the guidelines? Cases start to go on the uptick again, and we wind up going backwards again. It’s happening right now. We need to stop trying to open everything back up and wait until it is truly safe. I doubt that it will happen because people just want what they want, consequences be damned. I would rather wait it out than to put myself or anyone else at risk. My place of work has gone backwards 3 different times because of outbreaks. My town is colored red on the state map as a high risk for COVID, again.

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    I hear you but the state of Texas (amongst 17 other states) proves you’re fears are unfounded. Texas fully reopened over 3 weeks ago, ditched the masks and now the Covid numbers dropped significantly, especially in positivity rate, hospitalizations and most importantly deaths while all of those numbers continue to rise in heavily restricted states.

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