Diverging from its colleagues in the Big 10 and Pac-12, the Big 12 still plans to play college sports in the upcoming fall season.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told TheStreet's Jim Cramer the league is making the best decision it can for its student athletes based on the consultation of numerous scientists and medical experts.
However, Bowlsby didn't deny the path ahead wouldn't be without challenges. "We're going to have a bumpy road. They're going to be places where there are potholes," Bowlsby said.
Outlining several reasons the league would reverse course and postpone, Bowlsby included outbreaks among teams, campuses or local cities, potential testing delays and subsequent decisions not to play from other major college sports leagues.
Bowlsby said the coronavirus isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and if sports can be played safely, the season should be pushed forward."We want to keep moving forward until we begin to see some of the easing of the virus and whatever becomes the new normal for our society is obviously going to have an effect on intercollegiate athletics and on higher Ed in general and in pro sports and in all kinds of elements of things we really enjoy," Bowlsby said.
The commissioner concluded that increased vigilance will be the bedrock of the Big 12 moving forward. "Make no mistake about it if we are advised by our consultants and our doctors that what we are doing will not work. We are prepared to pivot. And I can tell you that it is a lot easier to stop quickly than it is to restart," Bowlsby said.
Watch Cramer's full interview with Bowlsby here.
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.