The group of elite academies aka Ivy League imposed a suspension on all fall sports on Wednesday.

At the same time, it is open to the possibility of postponing until spring if the pandemic has shown signs of letting up.

  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Yale Universities
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Pennsylvania

All of these schools are united in this suspension.

The Ivy League Council of Presidents said in a statement that they doubt they can create and maintain an athletic competition environment that “meets our requirements for safety” as well as “acceptable levels of risk.”

The council is “entrusted to create and maintain” a good educational environment, they said. 

This environment, moreover, should be “guided by health and safety considerations.”

They made this “difficult decision” on the basis that “there can be no greater responsibility” 

The Decision’s Impact On The Games And The Game 

The announcement made by the Ivy League will affect football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and cross-country, as well as basketball.

The decision made on Wednesday means Harvard and Yale will not play football in 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted the long-standing rivalry also known as The Game for the first time since the two World Wars.

Pandemic Mitigation Measures Done Ivy League Style 

These Ivy League schools are peppered across seven Northeastern states.


The same states that are, to some extent, successful at scaling down the spread of COVID-19. Most of those states still ban large gatherings. 

Harvard, due to the Massachusetts reopening plan, cannot have an audience in the stands until a vaccine is available.

Professors have to hold all Harvard classes virtually for both semesters.

Furthermore, the institution will only allow freshmen and seniors to use the dorms.

Yale would limit its dorms to 60% capacity.

Also, most students have to attend remote classes.

Princeton will also do most of its teaching online, with dorms at 50% capacity.

Michigan football coach, Jim Harbaugh, said that Coronavirus is “part of our society” and we have no choice but to “deal with it,” 

“These kids have to do the same thing. They’ve got to go to school.” 

He added that the students have been preparing “ their whole lives” for the opportune time “ to play their sport.”

Many believe that the Ivy League’s sensible decision could likely affect or influence other educational institutions.


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