On April 27, marks the day that some normality will return to us with garden centres, hairdressers and markets set to reopen with elementary schools following close suit on May 17. But events and by association, sport, are not mentioned “yet” with any syllable. Due to a lack of audience income and sponsorship money, not only the sports clubs, but also stadium operators, suppliers and entire industry branches, such as events and entertainment are in limbo. The Federal Council reacts and gives the top leagues in Swiss ice hockey and football an emergency loan of 150 million francs. Uff, for now our wages are secured …
“SHIMMER OF HOPE IN THE BEGINNING OF MAY”
At the end of May, the representatives of the Swiss football clubs meet at an extraordinary general assembly in Bern. The majority of club representatives spoke out against the abandonment of the game and in favor of the resumption of the top two divisions from June 19. According to SFL CEO, Claudius Schäfer, spectators are allowed to a very limited extent, as events for up to 300 people will become possible from June 6th. Good news for me – stadium announcers are the duty of the hosting club even when the number of spectators is limited.
June 19th, 117 days after the last competitive game, I’m back at my old place of work. I am meeting my work colleagues for the directors’ meeting for the first time since the Corona outbreak. Joy prevails in seeing all the familiar faces, in the knowledge that things finally seem on the up.