The college football landscape is stratified, with the Big Ten and Pac-12 choosing to postpone their seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic, while the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 are planning to play. Meanwhile, professional football continues.
So, what's the difference between the pros and college students in terms of contracting the virus? Jim Cramer poses this question to former UCLA and Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora.
"If pro guys who are living with families and come and go and have lots of contacts -- if they're allowed to play -- I have to believe that you can certainly have a much tighter leash on a college kid than you can on pros," said Cramer.
"I think, Jim, you're exactly right. Professional football players -- a lot of them have families, they have freedom, they have money, they have the means to get out in the community and do things. When they're away from the facility, they're not necessarily in an environment that's controlled at all," said Mora.
In contrast, Mora argues that college students are monitored much more closely.
"In college you have much more control over your players. They have classes they have to attend. You can create a lot of structure for them in the day between meetings, between lifting sessions, between practice, between all their academic appointments ... and you don't have that in the NFL," said Mora.
Watch the full video interview with Jim Cramer, Jim Mora and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
Then, there's the emotional argument: "I just feel that we need football -- we need to play, these kids need to play, these parents need something to cheer about, we need hope."
It's worth noting that the Big Ten and Pac-12 chose to postpone their seasons over concerns that COVID-19 can cause lingering heart damage.
However, in a recent interview, a distinguished Mayo Clinic cardiologist -- Dr. Michael Ackerman M.D., Ph.D. -- told Jim Cramer that 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.''
Watch Ackerman's full take on the heart here.
Editors Note: The interview with Bowlsby and Mora 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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