The Big 12 Conference is going ahead with its football season, even as the Big Ten and Pac-12 chose to postpone theirs. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby makes the case to Jim Cramer that playing football isn't any riskier than simply attending classes on campus.
"Student athletes are not any more likely to contract the virus in a sports environment than they are going to class, or being in the union, or going to a fraternity house, or walking around on the street. There is no evidence whatsoever that participation in sports, even contact sports, is going to put you at any more risk than what you are just walking around in society," said Bowslby.
Watch the full video interview with Jim Cramer, Bob Bowlsby, and former UCLA and Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora.
Bowlsby also said that young adults tend to experience zero or mild symptoms from the coronavirus, though it's worth noting that that fact doesn't prevent them from spreading the virus to at-risk populations, including coaches, teachers, and older family members.
"The severity of the virus for people in the 18-40 age is very mild, many of them are asymptomatic. One, it makes it difficult to monitor sometimes but, beyond that, there is very good evidence that we're dealing with a healthy population that doesn't have much in terms of mitigating conditions and when they do we can mitigate those things. That's reiterating what we're hearing from our doctors and scientists."
According to The New York Times, the virus is already spreading on college campuses. A survey of more than 1,500 American colleges and universities revealed at least 26,000 cases and 64 deaths since the pandemic began.
Notre Dame, for example, closed its doors and will hold online classes for two weeks and is considering remaining closed for the semester after hundreds of students tested positive for the virus.
A national polling service has concluded a majority of college football fans were in favor of the fall sports postponement decisions by the Big Ten Conference and Pac 12 Conference.
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.