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SJS football update: Boise State game COVID-canceled

Losing a big MWC showcase to a nationwide audience

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After landing in Boise, Idaho, the San Jose State team and entourage learned their nationally-televised game today was COVID-canceled.

The uptick trend in that region and in the last few weeks with the Boise State team makes it not a complete surprise. The Broncos had been missing up to 14 players the last two weeks due to COVID-related findings.

So the last-minute cancellation assumption at this point is a downturn in the region and an increase or not enough improvement in the Bronco’s COVID numbers.

The disappointment also goes deeper.

Besides all the lost time and money with travel, the team will salvage something in alternative preparation, bonding time, and chalk it up to another learning moment.

It’s the unrealized TV revenue. The national TV platform San Jose State would have leveraged for the university and its recruiting efforts all-around.

And that there was completely viable chance to beat Boise, despite naysayers naysaying and downplaying SJS’ numbers and wins.

Nationally televised games don’t come along much for G5 teams, especially for San Jose State. A greater audience will just have to wait a while longer.

The clincher for now, there is a “Contact Sports Ban” in California which affects not just the Spartans but pro teams as well.

It looks clear the San Jose State-Hawaii game at CEFCU Stadium next week won’t happen unless it’s played elsewhere.