(Bloomberg) — The Ivy League canceled sports competition for the upcoming semester because of health and safety concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Division I conference in the U.S. to scrap football.
The conference, whose eight members include Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University, made the move Wednesday, according to a statement.
“No decision has been made about competition in the winter or spring terms, including whether or not we can move fall sports into the spring,” the league’s executive director, Robin Harris, said in an interview. “There won’t be basketball games or hockey games or other sports in the fall.”
U.S. colleges are presenting their plans for the semester that begins in August or September, instituting steps for the safe return of students. They’re also deciding whether it’s too risky to resume the high-contact sport of football, which can bring in sizable revenue for a school