随着篮球赛季的到来,不仅仅是胜利,损失也岌岌可危

2020-11-25 00:11

More Than Wins, Losses At Stake As Basketball Season Arrives rLg世界播

随着篮球赛季的到来,不仅仅是胜利,损失也岌岌可危rLg世界播


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As more than 300 teams prepare to start a season that will look nothing like any before it, the conversation isn’t so much about who will be cutting down the nets at the end of March Madness as much as it whether anyone will cut down the nets at all. rLg世界播

随着300多支球队准备开始一个与以往不同的赛季,人们谈论的与其说是谁会在3月底砍网,不如说是到底有没有人会砍网。rLg世界播


If some team, any team, does climb a ladder in Indianapolis and the top candidates include the usuals, with No. 1 Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas among them then consider the season a success. rLg世界播

如果有一支球队,任何一支球队,在印第安纳波利斯确实爬上了阶梯,排名靠前的候选球队包括了Uusuals,排名第一的冈萨加,杜克,肯塔基和堪萨斯,那么就认为这个赛季是成功的。rLg世界播


Anything short of that, and nothing less than the future of college sports could hang in the balance. rLg世界播

如果做不到这一点,那么大学体育的未来也就岌岌可危了。rLg世界播


This is the new world created by a COVID-19 crisis that is mushrooming to more than 190,000 new cases a day across America just as college basketball gets set to tip off its season Wednesday. rLg世界播

这就是新冠肺炎危机创造的新世界,就在大学篮球赛季周三开始之际,美国各地每天都有19万多例新病例涌现出来。rLg世界播


Teams will play truncated schedules many cut from 31 to 27 or 25 games after truncated preseasons. It’s a shrunken, ever-shifting and still perilous grid laid out with the health of players and coaches in the forefront of everyone’s mind, but with an unspoken belief that the show really does need to go on. rLg世界播

球队将打缩短的赛程,许多球队在缩短季前赛后从31场比赛削减到27场或25场比赛。这是一个缩小的、不断变化的、仍然危险的网格,每个人都把球员和教练的健康放在首位,但有一个默默的信念,那就是这部剧真的需要继续下去。rLg世界播


The end game is the 68-team extravaganza known as March Madness, the event that was wiped off the calendar eight months ago in a stunningly rapid turn of events as the seriousness of the pandemic set off alarms across the U.S. It cost the NCAA around $375 million, and sent shockwaves around the entire college sports landscape. rLg世界播

这场名为“疯狂三月”(3月Madness)的68支球队的盛会最终结束了。八个月前,随着疫情的严重程度在全美范围内引起了警觉,这项赛事被从日程表上抹去了,速度之快令人震惊。它让美国大学体育协会(NCAA)损失了约3.75亿美元,并在整个大学体育版图上掀起了冲击波。rLg世界播


The bottom line is that American higher education, not just athletics, is hemorrhaging like never before, Duke athletic director Kevin White said earlier this fall to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, of which he is a member. rLg世界播

杜克大学体育总监凯文·怀特(Kevin White)今年秋天早些时候向美国奥委会和残奥会表示,底线是美国高等教育,不仅仅是体育,正在史无前例地大出血。怀特是美国奥委会和残奥会的成员。rLg世界播


The NCAA is already making plans to turn this year’s postseason into something much different, and much less, than it has been in the past proposing to hold all games in a single city, most likely Indianapolis, which is where the Final Four is already scheduled for April 3-5. rLg世界播

NCAA已经在制定计划,将今年的季后赛变成与过去大不相同的事情,而且要比过去少得多,提议在一个城市举办所有比赛,最有可能的是印第安纳波利斯,四强赛已经安排在4月3日至5日在那里举行。rLg世界播


Though a vaccine appears to be on the way, there’s a good chance that in March, fans and bands and mascots will largely miss out, much the way they’ve been missing out inside arenas and stadiums that have hosted recent NBA, MLB and NHL seasons, as well as the current and oft-interrupted college and pro football schedules. rLg世界播

尽管疫苗似乎即将问世,但在3月份,球迷、乐队和吉祥物很有可能会错过很大程度上的机会,就像他们错过了最近举办过NBA、MLB和NHL赛季的场馆和体育场,以及目前经常被打断的大学和职业橄榄球赛程一样。这是一种很好的机会,在3月份,球迷、乐队和吉祥物很有可能会错过,就像他们错过了最近举办过NBA、MLB和NHL赛季的场馆和体育场一样。rLg世界播


But the reality is, the people college basketball really needs at the arenas are the TV crews. rLg世界播

但现实是,大学篮球在竞技场上真正需要的人是电视工作人员。rLg世界播


CBS and various cable affiliates are scheduled to pay around $800 million this season to televise America’s most frenetic sports celebration for three weeks each March and April. That’s on top of the millions the biggest conferences generate in media revenue during the regular season. rLg世界播

哥伦比亚广播公司(CBS)和多家有线电视公司计划在本赛季支付约8亿美元,在每年3月和4月为期三周的电视转播美国最狂热的体育庆祝活动。这还不包括常规赛期间最大规模的会议带来的数百万媒体收入。rLg世界播


Most of it is money earmarked for distribution by the NCAA and the conferences to the schools, which combine hoops and football revenue to fund smaller sports in their programs. A staggering 116 of those programs have been cut from 34 schools at the Division I level since pandemic hit, according to the USOPC, whose very ability to field an Olympic team is largely dependent on the college system. rLg世界播

其中大部分是指定由NCAA和会议分配给学校的资金,这些学校将篮球和足球收入结合在一起,为他们项目中规模较小的体育项目提供资金。根据美国奥委会的数据,自疫情爆发以来,I区34所学校的此类项目已被削减了116个,令人震惊。美国奥委会派出奥运代表队的能力在很大程度上取决于大学系统。rLg世界播


Another year like that would have the potential to mark the beginning of the end of the college sports system as we know it. rLg世界播

再过一年,就有可能标志着我们所知的大学体育系统的终结。rLg世界播


When you look around the country, this has potential to force some schools to recalibrate what theyre capable of supporting, said John Tauer, the coach at St. Thomas, the Minnesota school that is moving from Division III to Division I. It’s a complicated question that every school is going to answer differently. rLg世界播

明尼苏达州圣托马斯学校(St.Thomas)的教练约翰·陶尔(John Tauer)说,环顾全国各地,这有可能迫使一些学校重新调整自己的承受能力。这是一个复杂的问题,每所学校都会给出不同的答案。rLg世界播


So, how to get from November to March? rLg世界播

那么,从11月到3月怎么走呢?rLg世界播


The Ivy League has already bagged it, canceling all winter sports, which means there will be no Harvard or Yale come tournament time, and none of those eminently entertaining stories about how smart guys can play hoops, too. rLg世界播

常春藤联盟已经将其收入囊中,取消了所有冬季运动,这意味着在锦标赛期间不会有哈佛或耶鲁,也不会有那些关于聪明人如何打篮球的引人入胜的有趣故事。rLg世界播


Most everyone else is planning a season. Many teams are planning shorter road trips and a smaller footprint. No trip’s success not even that of a quick bus ride will be taken for granted. Testing protocols are in place and, as the college football season has shown us with the cancellation of a handful of games every weekend, all participants will need to be able to adjust on the fly. rLg世界播

大多数其他人都在计划一个赛季。许多团队都在计划更短的公路旅行和更小的足迹。任何一次旅行的成功都不会被认为是理所当然的,即使是一次快速的公交车旅行。测试协议已经到位,正如大学橄榄球赛季向我们展示的那样,每个周末都有几场比赛被取消,所有参与者都需要能够动态调整。rLg世界播


Those thoughts creep in every day, Florida coach Mike White said. I wonder how many games Ill miss this year. I wonder how many games well have our five starters out there, 12 guys available. rLg世界播

佛罗里达主教练迈克·怀特(Mike White)说,这些想法每天都在悄悄出现。我想知道今年我会错过多少场比赛。我想知道我们的5名首发球员还有多少场比赛,12个人可以上场。rLg世界播


When teams do start playing, some of the top players to watch will be Jared Butler (Baylor), Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois) and Luka Garza (Iowa). rLg世界播

当球队开始比赛时,一些最值得关注的球员将是贾里德·巴特勒(贝勒),凯德·坎宁安(俄克拉荷马州立大学),阿约·多松穆(伊利诺伊州)和卢卡·加尔扎(爱荷华州)。rLg世界播


Garza averaged nearly 24 points and 10 rebounds as a junior last season. The pandemic complicated his decision about whether to stay in school or go pro. He will now enter the season as one of the rarest birds in the college basketball ecosystem a senior who also has NBA lottery potential. rLg世界播

加尔扎上赛季在三年级时场均得到近24分和10个篮板。这场流行病使他在是留在学校还是从事职业生涯的决定变得更加复杂。他现在将作为大学篮球生态系统中最稀有的小鸟之一进入本赛季,他是一名大四学生,也有NBA彩票的潜力。rLg世界播


A mere eight months ago, those kind of issues namely, the mass migration of players to the NBA after a single year of college, or no college at all fueled that perennial cauldron of debate about the overall health of the sport and the need for reforms. rLg世界播

就在八个月前,球员在上了一年大学后大规模移民到NBA,或者根本没有上过大学这样的问题,引发了关于这项运动的整体健康状况和改革必要性的长期辩论。rLg世界播


COVID-19 makes that seem less important now. rLg世界播

新冠肺炎现在让这一点显得不那么重要了。rLg世界播


Though there’s always a lot of hand-wringing about the outsized role of money passed both legitimately and under the table in college basketball, there is no debate about this: Without any games, the money will dry up and college sports as we know it will be reshaped, too. rLg世界播

尽管人们总是对大学篮球中合法和私下传递的资金的巨大作用感到不安,但这一点是毋庸置疑的:如果没有任何比赛,资金将会枯竭,我们所知的大学体育也将被重塑。rLg世界播


And so, even with positive cases of the virus surging and the health risks as dire as they’ve ever been, teams scurry to fill in blank spots on their schedules and get ready to put on a show. There was no Midnight Madness to mark the first practices of the season, but that was never the goal. rLg世界播

因此,即使病毒阳性病例激增,健康风险一如既往地可怕,团队也会争先恐后地填补日程表上的空白,准备上演一场演出。没有《午夜狂人》来纪念本赛季的第一次训练,但那从来都不是目标。rLg世界播


The goal is March Madness even if it’s a TV-only event. rLg世界播

我们的目标是“疯狂三月”,即使这是一个只在电视上播放的活动。rLg世界播


We dont know a lot of things, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. But we know were going to have March Madness. We know were going to have a regular season. We just dont know much about both and its a hell of a way to run a railroad. rLg世界播

我们不知道很多事情,杜克大学教练迈克·沙舍夫斯基(Mike Krzyzewski)说。但我们知道我们会有三月狂热。我们知道我们会有一个常规赛。我们对两者都知之甚少,这是一种地狱般的铁路运营方式。rLg世界播


AP Basketball Writer John Marshall contributed to this report. rLg世界播

美联社篮球记者约翰·马歇尔对这篇报道也有贡献。rLg世界播

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