字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Let's talk about the biggest comeback in sports history. After the coronavirus pandemic cancelled months of games, tournaments and races athletes are starting to compete again. Major sports had to come back. Being away was getting expensive. So is it all worth the risk? How have athletes been affected? What about the fans? And will sports ever be the same again? The Great Depression, two world wars hurricanes and wildfires they've all, to some extent, derailed the big sports. But nothing like this pandemic. Putting an actual number on the financial hit is hard. But we're talking billions. It's an industry that affects so many others and on a global scale. Not just in lost team revenue but for the stadiums and arenas, the TV rights, tourism, travel, retail services, betting and all the rest of it. Now if we just look at US stadiums alone and the salaries of the people who work there people like the hot dog sellers, T-shirt vendors cleaners, and security staff the pandemic is expected to wipe out about $370 million in people's wages. So the urge for sports to come back is strong. But let's not forget why they were banned in the first place. Remember how bad things got in Italy? For a while there the town of Bergamo was one of the hardest hit places in Europe. They traced the spread of the virus to a football match in Milan in February between Bergamo's team Atalanta, and Valencia, a team from Spain. That day tens of thousands of fans travelled on buses and trains to the match where they hugged and celebrated. One doctor called it a “biological bomb”. And in the early days a lot of people just didn't take it seriously. This is Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz goofing around with reporters' microphones a few days later he tested positive. And not long after that the NBA shut down. So there were plenty of reasons for suspending play. Nobody wanted to risk spreading the virus to players spectators and, well, everyone else. So that meant hitting pause. But if you're an athlete — it's not that simple. Athletes only get a limited number of years at the top of their game. Tiger Woods needs four more Majors to break the record for most titles. Serena Williams is 38 but she's still two shy of breaking Margaret Court's record for the singles title. Now think about the Olympics for a second. Athletes train for four years so they peak in time for the games. That's 15,000 of them. But the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo have been postponed for at least a year. Athletes have had to get creative. There are lots of unknowns. Will the Olympics even go ahead? And who's going to cover the losses? The International Olympic Committee has offered to chip in with $800 million. But some estimates suggest it could cost Japan as much as $6 billion. Olympians lose out too. They lose out on the biggest stage they'll ever be on Basically sitting on the bench costs money. A lot of it. It's why the major sports are risking a comeback. Contracts with broadcasters are the biggest source of revenue for almost all major sports. The English Premier League have agreed to a three-year contract with broadcasters worth $12 billion. The NBA has a TV deal worth $24 billion over nine years. And each NFL regular season game is worth nearly $24 million in revenue from TV rights alone. Money's been short all around. A lot of players have taken pay cuts. But as teams plan their comebacks the virus hasn't gone away. And there's still no vaccine. In the US they're trying something new. Men's basketball, the NBA, and soccer, the MLS are going to be holed up at Disney World in Florida. Teams will live, train and compete in a sealed off virus-free bubble. It's a lot of disruption. Still, it comes down to choice. And that goes for any future vaccine too. But as countries have started lifting their lockdowns sports have said it's game on. It was easy enough for rugby to resume in New Zealand with full contact and full stadiums. They declared themselves virus-free in June. But other sports have returned without their fans. Like Korea's K League. Or pro baseball in Taiwan where teams played in front of cardboard cutouts and robotic drummers. The Bundesliga is back too. But the empty stands are as weird for the players as they are for the fans. A recent study suggests more than half of sports fans say they won't feel comfortable in large crowds for a while. The big sports are expected to find ways to survive. But it's the smaller sporting communities the amateur and youth leagues that might struggle. And what about women's sports? With money drying up there's not much to go around. There may be some positive outcomes from all this. To cut costs and the risk of global travel some tournaments might rethink their schedules. And that would be a good thing for the planet. There might even be conversations about whether they're paying superstar athletes too much money. Sports are expected to get back to normal eventually. And plenty of fans will tell you they really need it. Real world concerns about the virus though mean the comeback could be seen as risky business. For the athletes and their fans. But at the end of the day sports is a business. And if anything, the pandemic has exposed just how big of a business it really is. If there's a story or a topic in the news that you find confusing and you want us to explain get in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook. Also make sure to subscribe to this YouTube channel so you don't miss our next episode.