Sports to return in WI after Safer at Home struck down? Gov. Evers says too early to tell

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers did not go into specifics when he was asked if sports can and should be played after the Supreme Court struck down Safer at Home. Instead, Evers says his administration will have to wait for the sports world.

“We have to first figure out whether those events are going to happen before we make a comment about who’s going to attend those events,” Evers said. “At this point in time, I know the school districts, the universities, the NCAA and WIAA, all those organizations who control those decisions are in the process of discussing them and coming to some conclusions. It’s premature for us to say we don’t want people to go to a football game when we don’t know a football game is going to happen.”

The Supreme Court’s majority opinion does include a footnote that says the striking down of Safer at Home does not apply to Section 4a of the order, which closed schools and school activities through the academic year. That then solidifies spring sports remain canceled, but the WIAA’s 30 contact days for spring sports would still be in play after June 30, which is when the academic year ends. I’ve spoken with some MVC spring coaches, who say they’re meeting Friday to discuss options for those contact days, but one coach told me they don’t believe there will be any kinds of games between schools. At most there would be simpler practices or intrasquad games.