SportsPulse: From high school Friday night lights to Monday Night Football football is an engrained part of American culture and our fall sports calendars. What would a fall without it do to the American sports psyche? USA TODAY
Nobody wants to imagine a fall without football.
But the complications of safely conducting a season — professional or collegiate — as the COVID-19 pandemic continues may prove too difficult, leaving the NFL and NCAA with difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks and months.
Over the last week, USA TODAY Sports ran a series examining what would happen if those tough choices prevented football from being played: the risk involved, the economic impact, whether a spring season would change anything, the effect on the nation’s psyche and why European countries brought back their major sports more successfully than the United States.