Air Travel changes affecting sports

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Air Travel changes affecting sports

Post by GameFAQSAggie » May 23rd, 2020, 4:37 pm

There are articles all over the internet talking about how air travel will never be the same. Having to get to the airport four hours early for things like temperature scans, immunity passports, and walking through disinfection tunnels, along with temperature checks again after landing and articles all mention that while it sounds crazy, so did taking off shoes prior to 9/11.

This affects everything about travel, like companies cutting back on travel, and people choosing to drive instead of fly in the first place. Like for instance, college students at Utah State or Weber State whose original home is Las Vegas, students at BYU who are from Boise, or students who attend college somewhere in Southern California while being from Northern California or vice versa, that now fly when they go home, may opt to just drive home depending on how long it takes to fly instead of drive with how much time is tacked on the flight time for sanitation as well as how long they are stuck at the airport when they land for another check.

This would also affect every sport except football cause football charters, so chartering everywhere could be the way around it and almost what you have to do depending on the new realities of flying commercial, kind of like it got to a point where we and others felt like we HAD TO pay athletes the cost of attendance cause other schools were doing it. But this could even affect football as well as basketball and other teams that DO get to charter everywhere depending on what new rules with sanitizing and health checks the FAA comes out with even for chartering.

Scheduling is one thing that could get affected. If it becomes enough of nightmare to fly commercial, teams may opt to just play opponents they can bus to, and maybe more teams like even us will more often have conference play be the first time they get on an airplane. For instance, Idaho State has preferred to not play us every year and instead schedule teams in Colorado or California, but the new way of traveling could cause them to lean towards playing us cause of it being an easy bus ride for them. And teams like UC Irvine for instance may learn towards not playing us again(or anywhere else they have to fly to) and instead playing OOC games against schools in California they can bus to. While even schools as close as Montana, Southern Utah and Montana State may lean towards playing us cause they can bus here. And in the midwest and east, there are several schools that are bus rides away from each other, and some schools are even in the same city or metro area and can travel across town.

For those teams that still schedule OOC games they have to fly to, more teams than already do may try to get two games out of a trip, so they can bus from their first opponent to their second one, and not schedule one team unless they find a second taker a short bus ride away. And more teams that do play guarantee games out of necessity might raise the price cause of choosing to charter to games, both the money games and needing the money to charter to conference games they have to fly to(and again, depending on new FAA rules, even charter travel could become a nightmare). We would criticize Stew for refusing to play guarantee games, but that wasn't cause of us needing the money and more other factors that were beaten to death in threads talking about it, but if we decide we need money to charter everywhere, maybe one or two games a year against a big school could start happening.

And maybe we for instance, if it got a point of having to be at the airport four hours early, may be better off just busing to Las Vegas instead of flying.

One thing you would hope, as much as we have already wished the Mountain West would do this, was start scheduling so teams get to, on one road trip, play at Fresno and San Jose; us and Boise, UNLV and San Diego; two of Colorado State, Wyoming, and Air Force, as opposed to these one at home one on the road weeks.

It has been a good system in women's soccer where teams play us on Sunday afternoon, then bus to the airport and go home right after the game, while our girls as well do that with their road games, but that is another thing that may not be possible with the requirement to get to the airport four hours early.

And the dilemma of health checks being required to board planes for road games. Everyone who ever plays division 1 basketball will have heard the story of Michael Jordan playing when he is sick and think that they can if he can, but the FAA allowing boarding will be a different story. Teams already can be different teams when players can get injured or discipline problems, but imagine another scenario where teams are sometimes different cause of missing a player for a road game cause of failing an airport health check. Spencer Nelson for instance played through sickness alot his senior year, and would have failed health checks back then. You could for instance have UNLV go to a tournament or two game road trip, have their best player fail a health check and have to play without him, lose to a few crappy teams, then have that star player back for conference play. Of course, the opposite could happen with UNLV getting a big win against a Power 5 team from back east that has one of their starters fail the airport health check, then gets him back for their respective conference games.

Assistant coaches may as well have to step up with the potential of one of them having to stay home from a road trip.

We could also see a scenario where a starter is borderline on passing an airport temperature check, and we have the San Jose State home game on Wednesday(which we can win without him) followed by a road game on Saturday, so just to be safe, we sit the player on Wednesday and really, don't even "sit" him, have him stay home and not come to the arena at all just to make sure he passes the airport check on Friday. That leads to a story in itself that players with any symptoms won't even be at the arena at all in the future, just as every type of place will ask people with symptoms to stay home.

Alot of our team got sick in Cancun one year, so imagine other teams in those tournaments getting sick and stuck there getting home late, affecting their routine for even home games. Along with missing more class than they otherwise would. It's pretty likely as sick as our football team was when we went to the Arizona Bowl, alot of them would have been stuck in Tucson longer cause of failing health checks and not getting to go their original home or Logan.

You could also hope the NCAA starts allowing teams to participate in more than one tournament a year with teams not wanting to fly the new way, and just wanting to go through the airport and board a plane once for a few games rather than two or three times for two or three games.

And finally, if we do resort to letting the men charter to every single game, it would be alot harder to justify not letting the women and every olympic sport do it.



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Re: Air Travel changes affecting sports

Post by flying_scotsman2.0 » May 23rd, 2020, 5:53 pm

Can I get a tl;dr?



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Post by hipsterdoofus21 » May 23rd, 2020, 6:27 pm

Or they could let people act like free thinking individuals who have to make the choice to partake in life risking behavior every day anyways. Increasing travel on the road certainly won’t save more lives. Neither will over crowding the airports with passengers who have to wait 4 hours for flights. Contagious illnesses didn’t just start with Covid despite the way many have responded to it.
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Post by Real Life Aggie » May 23rd, 2020, 9:00 pm

Nah... There's some good precautions that'll be taken prior to the end of COVID-19, and hopefully a greater public awareness of virulent illnesses (e.g. people wearing masks during particularly bad flu seasons, sneezing into elbow instead of hands), but I don't believe this will go beyond that. There's too much ambition and potential for schools to primarily play closer to those around them.



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Post by AggiesForever » May 25th, 2020, 7:46 pm

Because there was no vaccine for the Coronavirus there was this rush to be extra careful. I think moving forward if people will just do the right things when they are sick, we can go back to living life. As has been said in many places, people can die from pretty much anything. It should be up to each person to determine if the risk is acceptable or too much before they determine if they want to participate. We don't need to slap a bunch of extremely restrictive regulations out there FORCING everybody to be safe. As people become more aware of symptoms and other things, we can manage this like we have every other disease that has come along in the past millions of years of this world's existence.



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Post by Intermeddler » May 25th, 2020, 8:05 pm

I only navigated a couple paragraphs of that novella but the notion that those things will be permanent parts of air travel is nonsense. Perhaps international travel will be more onerous but domestic travel no chance that a year from now it takes four hours to get on your flight.



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Post by Chatman » May 26th, 2020, 4:08 am

Good, maybe this will force a return of local rivalries and start to generate interest again in college basketball .

I remember a day when each year USU would play both home and away against Weber, Utah and BYU. Those were fun games. The games were all broadcast on local salt lake tv networks.

I’d love to see USU, Utah, BYU, Weber, UVU, SUU each play each other twice a year, home and home. More local rivalries developed, less costs and travel risks, More fan interest in non conference games. That is 10 games. Then mix In a few other games in and you have your pre conference schedule. Easy, and the way it should be.



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Post by Aggie19 » May 26th, 2020, 7:27 am

Chatman wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 4:08 am
Good, maybe this will force a return of local rivalries and start to generate interest again in college basketball .

I remember a day when each year USU would play both home and away against Weber, Utah and BYU. Those were fun games. The games were all broadcast on local salt lake tv networks.

I’d love to see USU, Utah, BYU, Weber, UVU, SUU each play each other twice a year, home and home. More local rivalries developed, less costs and travel risks, More fan interest in non conference games. That is 10 games. Then mix In a few other games in and you have your pre conference schedule. Easy, and the way it should be.
I would like to add Dixie into that rotation at some point too. I'd like us to play each of those teams once a year, with the addition of Dixie that would leave 4 non-conference games. I'd split it 3 home/ 3 away and rotate every year. We could use those 4 games to increase our SOS if the local teams aren't that great in a given year.


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Post by sockpuppet » May 26th, 2020, 8:29 am

Corona is a hoax by the libs to shut down air travel because their green new deal didn't pass. They will stop at nothing to control us.



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Post by Real Life Aggie » May 26th, 2020, 8:37 am

sockpuppet wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 8:29 am
Corona is a hoax by the libs to shut down air travel because their green new deal didn't pass. They will stop at nothing to control us.
This sounds so ridiculous and ignorant, I can only assume it's hyperbole. However, I'm afraid it's likely an honest (albeit incredibly stupid) view.

I mean, there's a difference between, "Political party X is using current world event Y to increase support for their policy objective Z," and "It'S a CoNsPiRaCy ThAt YoU sHeEp CaN't SeE!" If you really believe the latter and aren't embellishing, you need to take a step back and reexamine your personal prejudices and interpretations of events. Neither of the two main political parties are interested in you; they're using you to further their collective goals, often by pitting you against the other. That's just standard politics, as have been around for thousands of years.

But I'm straying from the REAL purpose of this thread, so I apologize. Bringing it back: I don't want home-and-home games every year with all the in-state schools. That's a huge amount of the schedule that I think would be better spent looking for higher quality opponents. I mean, six of those series is 12 total games, plus our conference games (soon to be 20), puts us at a very full schedule. I don't like that schedule. A yearly game, back and forth between home and away, sounds like a fine idea that doesn't eat away our entire schedule.



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Post by pilotaggie » May 26th, 2020, 11:08 am

sockpuppet wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 8:29 am
Corona is a created by the Chi Coms to shut down air travel to speed up global domination. They will stop at nothing to control us.
I fixed it for you. I should know they pay me extra every day to flip on that chem trail switch and spray the country. Easiest $15 an hour I've even made.
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This post is likely straight up poor sarcasm and cannot be taken seriously.

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Re: Air Travel changes affecting sports

Post by Aggie formerly in Hawaii » May 26th, 2020, 5:32 pm

Hey I have read my share of long books, but dang this is a message board not a novel board.



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