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Networks, conferences delay announcing early-season college football games due to COVID-19 concerns

ESPN host Lee Corso dons a Butch head after picking the Cougs to defeat Oregon during a filming of ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
ESPN host Lee Corso dons a Butch head after picking the Cougs to defeat Oregon during a filming of ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
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NEW YORK – College football conferences and television networks have agreed to hold off on announcing start times for early-season games.

CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports and their affiliated networks typically announce early game times for the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences on June 1.

The two sides decided to wait a few weeks for the 2020 season as sports like the NHL and NBA work toward returning after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The college football season is scheduled to begin with a handful of games on Aug. 29 and a full slate of games the following week.

A handful of conferences have plans in place to allow athletes in all sports to return to campus for voluntary workouts starting next month.

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