New poll stark reminder that this may be a fan-free 2020

By WEEI 93.7

The President wants it to be so, as do many of the major professional leagues. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen.

The idea that many of the four major sports in the United States will be played in front of fans this year seems like a stretch with each passing day. It's a notion that was reinforced by a poll released by Seton Hall University Thursday.

In the poll put on by Seton Hall's Stillman School of Business -- which included 762 respondents and a 3.6 percent margin of error -- 72 percent said they wouldn't feel safe attending a sporting event before a vaccine for the coronavirus had been developed. Twelve percent stated they would feel comfortable attending if social distancing was practiced.

Recent reports suggest a widespread vaccine shouldn't be expected before next year.

Twelve percent believed that sports could "very likely" be cancelled altogether in 2020, with 16 percent classifying the scenario as likely. Forty-six percent said the cancellation was possible.

Also of note, the poll revealed that if games were played and broadcast without fans in the stands 76 percent would have the same interest than if people did attend.

For the complete report/poll, click here.