Patriot League Cancels All Fall Sports Programs Due To Pandemic The league includes American University, Georgetown Football and programs from other schools in the Baltimore/Washington region.
From NPR station

WAMU 88.5

NPR logo Patriot League Cancels All Fall Sports Programs Due To Pandemic

Patriot League Cancels All Fall Sports Programs Due To Pandemic

Stadiums like the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn., will be empty this year after the Ivy League canceled fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jessica Hill/AP Photo hide caption

toggle caption
Jessica Hill/AP Photo

The Patriot League, which includes American University, Georgetown Football and other sports programs in the Baltimore/Washington region, announced today that it is canceling all fall sports programs due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Patriot League Council of Presidents announced in a statement that programs will not engage in competition this fall, be it championship or non-championship play. However, student athletes will still be able to train and work out "provided health and safety conditions support such activities."

Some schools in the conference, such as the United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy, are governed by federal rules and may still hold sports programs this fall.

"Because the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education, the Council of Presidents agree that the academies may continue to engage in competitive opportunities as considered appropriate by their respective Superintendents," the council wrote.

The league joins a growing number of college conferences and universities that have made similar moves as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the United States.

The Ivy League announced last week that it has canceled all of its sports programs until 2021. The Big Ten, the N.C.A.A.'s wealthiest conference, said last week that most of its sports programs — including football — will only play league games if they play at all. The PAC-12 Conference reacted similarly after its commissioner tested positive for COVID-19.

Questions or comments about the story?

WAMU 88.5 values your feedback.

From NPR station

WAMU 88.5