POLITICS: Cali wildfires spark political debate

Wildfire Photo by USFWS/Southeast

Noah Butler, Evan McNally–

In this week’s politics podcast of The News Feed, Noah Butler and Evan McNally discuss the wildfires ravaging California. The Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have been taking sides on the wildfires, while also using the wildfires to criticize each other and their policies.

So far, 35 people have died in 2020 due to the wildfires. The LA Times reports that the past ten years of fires in California have been the most destructive on record. The current fire season in California is the most destructive season on record, having burned a total of 3.2 million acres with no signs of slowing down.

SPORTS: Covid-19’s financial impact on NCAA

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by Evan McNally, Sarah Wormald–

Coronavirus cancellations and complications have led to an immense financial deficit in college sports programs across the nation. The NCAA lost $375 million as a result of the cancellation of March Madness in the spring.

If football is cancelled during the fall 2020 season, it is estimated that college football programs will lose $4 billion in revenue. The impact of this loss trickles down to other sports, and some schools have cut non-revenue sports to compensate. 

Virginia Tech is also anticipating formidable challenges to their revenue streams, mainly those including support from the ACC, ticket sales, and sponsorships. Over 50% of Virginia Tech’s athletic revenue during 2019 came from football.

Additionally, Virginia Tech football serves as a massive economic stimulus for the town of Blacksburg, with a potential $70 million to be lost if football is cancelled. College sports will continue to adapt in response to Covid-19 in the upcoming months.