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7 in 10 Americans wary of sports events, poll finds

Most respondents say they would not attend a sports event until a coronavirus vaccine has been introduced, survey finds

72: Percentage of Americans who said in a recent Seton Hall Sports Poll that they would not attend a sports event before the introduction of a vaccine to prevent coronavirus. Twelve percent of respondents said they would attend a sports event if social distancing could be maintained. Only 13 percent said they would feel as safe as fans as in the past. Medical experts predict that a vaccine will not be approved before 2021. The poll, conducted among 762 Americans on landlines and cellphones, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, organizers said. Most major professional golf tours have postponed or canceled their seasons until at least the summer months, though the PGA Tour still has tournaments scheduled in late May. The Tour recently revamped the second half of its season to accommodate the three U.S. major championships, three-tournament FedEx Cup series and the Ryder Cup matches. The PGA Tour recently sent a memo to players outlining various scenarios for a return to tournament golf, including the staging of events without fans, according to a Golf Channel report.

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