Patriot League cancels all fall sports in 2020

Ross Houston
July 15, 2020

The Patriot League became the second Division-1 conference to cancel fall sports on Monday, but a key condition of its decision could help Rutgers and the Big Ten play on amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Patriot League officials said they will consider a move of fall sports competition and championships to the spring. That includes cross country. But that - along with the plans for whether or not winter or spring sports will play on time - will be announced at a later date.

Patriot League member school presidents said the "opportunity for conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities in all sports will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities". According to ESPN, that decision will not affect League of Legends since esports do not fall under China's sports designation.

The Patriot League consists of 10 core members: American University, the United States Military Academy, Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Loyola University Maryland and the United States Naval Academy.

Getty Images has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Riot Games to capture and distribute photos for League of Legends esports events held across the world. "It is of paramount importance to protect the health and safety of not just the student-athletes and coaches, but the campus and local communities as a whole".

"Per the Patriot League announcement, both Army and Navy "...may continue to engage in competitive opportunities as considered appropriate by their respective Superintendents".

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