The Big Ten Conference has announced the postponement of their football season, among other fall sports. Photo credits: 247Sports.com

Big Ten Conference postpones all fall sports amid COVID-19 concerns

The Big Ten Conference, one of the premier college sports conferences in the United States, has announced Tuesday that they will postpone all fall sports amid growing concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to rage through America and the world.

The conference, which is comprised of fourteen universities in the Midwestern and Eastern United States, had already announced the delay of their football season earlier this week.

Sports included in the announcement are cross country, American football, field hockey, soccer (football), and volleyball. The Big Ten added that they would reevaluate the decision on advice of medical experts about the pandemic, which has infected upwards of five million people across the U.S. and claimed the lives of over 150,000 Americans.

While most professional sports have come back with various levels of success, the Big Ten as well as the entire college sports world has been forced to take a large step back from starting their seasons, including a shortening of football schedules to only allow conference-only games, just like what the Pac-12 and SEC conferences, two other Power Five football conferences along with the Big Ten, have tentatively done.

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