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COVID-19 upended life around the world, including on college campuses across the U.S. where institutions restructured their class modalities, campus life, extracurricular activities, and intercollegiate athletics - including college football. We examine the factors that led universities to make their decisions to play or not play college football during fall 2020, hypothesizing that the decision to play would be consistent with the decision about class modality for health and safety reasons, and that monetary and political motivations would also play a significant role. We collected data for 249 institutions and used logistic regression techniques to test our hypotheses. We ultimately found that health and safety concerns were not the driving factors in the decision to play college football in the fall of 2020, but economics and politics were statistically significant factors.
Tabit, Jason, "The Decision to Play: College football in the Era of COVID-19" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 167.
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