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Navigating A Fall Sports Season Unlike Any Other

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Iowa State University's first football game is scheduled for September 12. The official plan for stadium seating has not been released.

Iowa was the first state in the country to re-start high school athletics with baseball and softball early in the summer. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, how both high school and college athletic programs are approaching fall sports.

The fall sports season is upon us for both high school and college athletes. COVID-19 has complicated the playing field for all athletes and all sports. Host Charity Nebbe talks with sportswriters from across Iowa about how teams and athletes are adjusting, or not, to competition during coronavirus.

Many high schools are still trying to figure out the best methods for safely conducting competitions. For example, cross country teams are considering a staggered start at the beginning of the race as opposed to having all of the teams bunched together at the starting line.

We've known for years that college football is the cash cow for athletic departments. Revenue earned from the football season allows other teams to operate. However, the elimination of the University of Iowa's men's and women's swimming and diving teams, men's tennis and men's gymnastics still came as a shock. The Hawkeyes are one of the first major college athletic programs to eliminate teams at this scale.

Guests:

Jeff Linder, sports writer, Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ben Visser, Iowa State University athletics reporter, Cedar Rapids Gazette

Dargan Southard, sports reporter, Des Moines Register and Hawk Central

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River