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Big 12 Commissioner Explains Decision to Play College Sports to Jim Cramer

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The Big 12 Conference is going ahead with its season. To discuss the league's decision to play -- even as the Big Ten and Pac-12 chose to postpone their seasons -- is Jim Cramer joined by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

Bowlsby told Cramer that while the decision has been “portrayed as somewhat controversial,” the move is based on expert medical advice and science.

"As long as we stick for what's best for young people and as long as we stick to the best scientific and medical advise that we can ascertain, I think we're in a good spot. And that's what we did," Bowlsby said.

"All along, we have been told to move slowly, to make small adjustments, to constantly re-evalutate, to see what happens when we go back to campus, and then see what happens when we begin pre-season camp, and then see what happens when we move into the dorms ... it's been a slow, linear progression from late in April until the present time, and we're now 19 days away from playing and I feel really good about it," he added.

Watch the full video interview with Jim Cramer, Bob Bowlsby, and former UCLA and Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora.

According to Bowlsby, one of the most heartening parts of choosing to play is hearing from the players.

"Probably the best part about it, in terms of feedback that I've received, is the fact that I've heard from players who said, 'Thank you for not taking the choices out of our hands.' They have the choice to play or to opt out and keep their scholarship ... and so they have options."

It's worth noting that the Big Ten and Pac-12 chose to postpone their seasons in large part because of medical concerns over myocarditis, a sometimes fatal inflammation of the heart muscle. According to, as many as 15 Big Ten football players were left with myocarditis after being diagnosed with COVID-19. 

In a recent interview between Jim Cramer and Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Michael Ackerman M.D., Ph.D., Ackerman said the heart should not be treated as the center of the universe.

Watch Ackerman's full take on the heart here. 

"The heart doesn't deserve to be the center of the universe in this equation...there are a lot of reasons why a conference said 'we should stop for now and regroup, one of which included the heart, but even without that we would have pressed forward with stopping,'" Ackerman said. 

Editors Note: The interview with Bowlsby was part of a larger Business of the Coronavirus series in which TheStreet spoke to doctors, business leaders and influencers driving decisions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Is what is happening in college sports a preview of what's to come as employees return to work? Keep up with the latest on TheStreet.

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