Fred Jones, the organizer of the event, the had built in an extravaganza of three days for college, historically black, which are both approximately 210 miles from Memphis. The weekend was scheduled to begin on 10 September with a concert by Patti LaBelle with Jeffrey Osborne, and in the course of the next two days, a breakfast of coaches, a stroke of 3 kilometres, a golf tournament, a parade, a fashion show, battle of the groups of high school and a stage extravagant tailgating leading up to the kick-off of a Saturday night.
The holding of these events while adhering to the guidelines of social distancing has become untenable.
“When they tell you that events like what we have – the game, the parade, the tailgating – are super-spreaders and they tell you that this is a problem, you have no other way to react,” said Jones, who as a black man of 72 years old suffering from diabetes has a higher risk of serious illness if they contract the virus.
Added by Cheryl Parks Ajamu, the organizer of the Classic Detroit: “In Michigan, Covid-19 is the main concern, and because our primary client has the highest incidence of Covid-19, this is an absolute priority. “
The cancellations have left schools struggling to fill holes in their schedule. Jackson State is working with Tennessee State to potentially move their game to Jackson, Mississippi, on 5 September, and speaks with Florida A&M to fill up his date is now open on 12th September. The schools are also looking to fill another hole in their budget: the two matches cancelled for the State of Tennessee have been two of their biggest pay days of the season – $ 400 000 for the match in Detroit and $ 350,000 for the Memphis.
“I’ll say,” said Allen, who was hired as the director of sports in the State of Tennessee in April. “Covid-19, in the spirit of the athletics, has been a major adversary. “