Reports: First FBS conference decides to cancel 2020 fall season
Earlier this week, the Division II and Division III fall championships were canceled. A number of FCS conferences had also decided to postpone fall sports.
Now, the first FBS conference has reportedly decided to cancel its football season, making huge news on Saturday morning.
Per reports from Brett McMurphy, Pete Thamel and others, the MAC has decided to cancel football after losing almost all of its “buy” games with Power 5 schools:
Huge news: Mid-American cancels fall football season because of COVID player health & safety concerns, sources told @Stadium. MAC took a huge financial hit when Power 5’s cut nonconference games & intends to try & play in spring, sources said #RIPMACtion https://t.co/V8F488nrF0
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 8, 2020
Can confirm the Stadium report that the MAC has cancelled football this fall. MAC presidents had a call at 9 a.m. this morning, and the finances didn't make sense anymore. The league had just 5 buy games with Power 5 schools remaining. Look for the spring option to be explored.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 8, 2020
Football is an expensive sport to play for many non-Power 5 programs, who count on being paid to visit Power 5 schools.
As Thamel tweeted, the spring option is being explored for the MAC, but it remains to be seen if that will lead anywhere or not.