Could the college football season be played in the spring? Paul Finebaum isn't so sure
Speculation continues to grow that if the coronavirus pandemic is still an issue in the coming months, college football could be moving to the spring.
That’s something ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler recently shared and defined his information as “informed speculation” after speaking to many in and around college athletics.
While we remain weeks away, at the earliest, from any decisions of that magnitude being made, that hasn’t stopped the pundits from around the sport to weigh in on the topic.
The latest big name in college sports to weigh in on the speculation comes from SEC Network host Paul Finebaum, who was recently asked to share his thoughts on the potential of college football moving to the spring during an appearance on SportsCenter.
In Finebaum’s mind, that move doesn’t seem very realistic.
“I don’t think it’s viable at all,” Finebaum said. “First of all, it conflicts directly with the college basketball season and it will create a nightmare for commissioners and television executives. I think it’s more realistic that the season will start sometime this fall. There’s talk about maybe a little bit later then early September, but I think the bigger issue is, even if we have college football this year, will fans show up?”
After speaking to many fans on his show in recent weeks, the SEC Network host shared his belief that getting fans to pack stadiums in the near future may be a tough sell for most programs.
“I know, on our program fans can’t wait to watch football, they can’t wait to see it, but there’s a difference in wanting to see it, and going to a stadium and sitting with 103,000 people,” Finebaum continued. “Based on just word of mouth, people calling into a program and talking to people, I think there’s going to be a great reluctance. Now, will there be people? Sure, but I don’t think you’ll see full stadiums, at least not in September or October.”
If that is indeed accurate, moving the season to the spring would appear to elevate those concerns. While Finebaum makes good points with the conflicts a move like that would make, college football will likely do what’s best for the sport and leave other sports with the reality of having to deal with the aftermath of that decision.