STUDY: Fan Attendance at NFL-NCAA Games Did Not Increase Coronavirus Spread

STUDY: Fan Attendance at NFL-NCAA Games Did Not Increase Coronavirus Spread


According to a recent study, having fans at NFL and NCAA football games last year did not increase the spread of the coronavirus.

The study, conducted by medRxiv, sought to prove whether the limited and varied fan attendance at college and pro games throughout the country during 2020 and the first part of 2021, had any “substantial” impact on the spread of the coronavirus.

To assess the impact, the study group ad to look at several factors:

In this time-series cross-sectional study, we matched every county hosting game(s) with in-person attendance (treated) in 2020 and 2021 with a county that has an identical game history for up to 14 days (control). We employed a standard matching method to further refine this matched set so that the treated and matched control counties have similar population size, non-pharmaceutical intervention(s) in place, and COVID-19 trends. We assessed the effect of hosting games

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