SEC to reopen facilities starting June 8th

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When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the world of sports, the domino effect is very real.

It was real when one positive test in the NBA led to a chain reaction of cancelations and it’s certainly real now as leagues and conferences begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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On Friday, the Southeastern Conference announced that athletes can start using on-campus facilities on June 8th for voluntary workouts.

This decision comes just two days after the NCAA lifted its restrictions on workouts, allowing on-site activities to resume in football and men’s and women’s basketball on June 1st.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says the league is prepared to begin the fall sports calendar as scheduled and that these return to play measures are an important first step in that process.

Prior to June 8th, many schools are planning on testing their athletes for the virus with enough time to get the results back.

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