Since a nation wide mandatory quarantine was instilled the daunting loss in profits and revenue for the states and cities was unavoidable.
Congress has already passed trillions of dollars in fiscal programs and stimulus packages in hopes to counteract financial disruption caused by COVID-19, but whenever this ends or at least improves there will be countless places and businesses in the red.
For some cities across the country who are fortunate enough to have sports teams, their seasons can help greatly in minimizing the damage, and Alabama football is one of those big money makers for Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox stated that a year without the Crimson Tide would mean a loss of $2 billion.
This staggering margin caught the attention of many football pundits and Alabama supporters across the country, with many raising the argument that college athletes should be compensated.
With A B. https://t.co/nddrRWjau4
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 23, 2020
hmm, wonder what they’ll decide to do https://t.co/P8iVQ6CKJC
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) June 23, 2020
And players will miss out on their cut.
Oh, wait … https://t.co/amkS84R6OY
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) June 23, 2020
Isn’t this an even greater indication of how little the product — the players — receives in return for their bodies? https://t.co/7edinxiWFH
— Adam Gold (@AGoldFan) June 23, 2020
Remember, these are unpaid amateurs that hold the key to economies. https://t.co/TumRDrMGJg
When ppl ask “how can football be played this fall” … here is your answer. Follow the money. https://t.co/sjnMy1zbD7
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) June 23, 2020
Repeating: Plenty of positive tests across cfb, but remember: They will make every effort to play, up to the point that it becomes impossible. And then, they will try again. Because if they don't play, the economics collapse. https://t.co/bX1N1kLTx0
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) June 23, 2020
Feels like we’re gonna have college and college sports this year whether it’s smart or not because…..$$$$$ https://t.co/sqzGCmPlOY
— Leigh Drogen (@LDrogen) June 23, 2020
— Will Elliott (@Will_Elliott22) June 23, 2020
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77