Opinion: There will come a time when sports will be ready to return. Will we be?
Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Published 9:10 a.m. ET April 10, 2020 CLOSE SportsPulse: Sports plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives as a means to escape. Mental health expert Eric Kussin says it’s OK to feel depressed over the loss of sports in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and provides steps you can take to address these emotions. USA TODAYThe restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential businesses aren’t the only thing standing in the way of sports.It’s us.Even when sports like baseball and basketball are ready to return, there’s no guarantee we will be. In two polls released this week, large majorities indicated it will be months before they feel comfortable going back to crowded arenas, stadiums and ballparks.Only 6 percent of the respondents in a Harris Poll said they would go to a game as soon as they’re able, while 36 percent said it will be four months or longer before they would attend a sporting event. In a Seton Hall Sports Poll, 72 percent said they won’t return to games until there is a vaccine for the coronavirus, something that is at least 12 months away.Perhaps most ominous, only 13 percent said they would feel as