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This week, we break down a FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll on how the American public feels about going to live sporting events and what precautions would make people feel safer about attending games once leagues start play again. It’s no surprise that most Americans would be unlikely to attend sporting events now, even if restrictions were lifted, or that the thing that would really set a majority of people’s minds at ease is a vaccine. But some preventative measures could go a long way, especially for outdoor sports like baseball and golf. And it’s always important to remember that this is how people are feeling right now, when there is a high degree of uncertainty and no one has actually gone back into a stadium yet. Once people start doing something again, comfort with that behavior is likely to increase.
Next we talk about a decidedly indoor sport, basketball, as it continues to work out how to resume play in real time, in full view of the general public.
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