Pac-12’s Season Begins In November

By Angelina Joleen Tayama Reyes-Chavez, Staff Writer

With all the craziness going on in the world, there is a lot of uncertainty in different areas including sports. It seems as though we push through only to reach another wall keeping us inside every single day. It is hard to sit at home and do nothing every day. Things get even worse when our favorite sporting events cannot even be viewed on television for you, friends, and family to sit down and watch while enjoying a meal. I am sure that the current situation is starting to make everyone go a little mad since we constantly try to figure out what to do next to keep us out of a seemingly never-ending cycle of boredom during these challenging times. This whole situation is, with a lack of better words, difficult.


Just in the Pac-12, a collegiate athletic conference board, alone, there have been 21 games that were either postponed or canceled due to the pandemic since August. This is because the states rendered sporting events unsafe given the COVID situation at the time and their inability to take proper precautions. There was no way to possibly open crowded stadiums with food and fans to watch a sporting event without getting people within the six feet distance limit that is generally recommended to stay safe.


Even now, it seems as though every week we look forward to our favorite events only for them to be canceled just before they were scheduled to air. We are constantly getting our hopes up and then getting them torn down from the cancellations and postponements. Even though it seemed that our boredom would never be cured, good news arrived. Pac-12 just recently announced that their football season will be starting up— and a lot sooner than they had originally predicted.


Public health officials along with state representatives approved for sports to reopen and continue their season as long as the proper health precautions are taking place. Masks, constant disinfecting, and closing stadiums to audiences are just a few of the precautions that the state and health officials required for the opening of sporting events. It will be a very tedious process according to the Pac-12, but they are willing to do whatever is necessary for their seasons to begin again.


Previously, Pac-12 assumed that all sporting events would be canceled until mid-2021. Luckily, this is not going to be the case as it was announced that the football season will be starting on November 6, and men and women’s basketball season will also be returning on November 25. These are currently the official start dates, but of course, this will only happen as long as the pandemic does not worsen and the players are able to follow the guidelines.