If you had US$40,000 would you spend it on a ticket to the Super Bowl?

On Sunday, 22,000 fans, including 7,500 vaccinated health-care workers, will physically distance themselves in the Tampa Bay stadium to watch the home team vie for the prize. They’ll be wearing masks, but there’s bound to be a lot of yelling and screaming, lobbing aerosols and droplets into the air when those masks slip.

Florida is still reporting a high number of coronavirus cases and the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant is circulating in the state. When California banned sporting events due to the outbreak, the Rose Bowl moved to Texas. So, why has Tampa decided to open its stadium to fans for what is already the most-watched sporting event in the United States?

Today in The Conversation Canada, Kathleen Rodenburg, Ann Pegoraro and Lianne Foti from the University of Guelph, talk about the different factors that play into decisions to host live sporting events during the pandemic — and the ethics of them.

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Hannah Hoag

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Tampa, Fla., is hosting Sunday’s Super Bowl football game, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Why the risk of attending the Super Bowl in Tampa during the pandemic might be too great

Kathleen Rodenburg, University of Guelph; Ann Pegoraro, University of Guelph; Lianne Foti, University of Guelph

Public health officials and politicians have access to the same data on COVID-19 cases, deaths and transmission, but might arrive at different conclusions.

Courts have failed to understand the role childhood trauma can play in adult criminal behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Criminal justice needs a better understanding of childhood trauma

Gina Wong, Athabasca University

The execution of Lisa Montgomery in the U.S. earlier this month demonstrates how society misunderstands the effects of mental illness and trauma on criminal behaviour.

After an extensive renovation, an old house in a laneway in Toronto became a new two-bedroom home. (LGA Architectural Partners, Ben Rahn/A Frame)

How cities can unlock the potential of laneway housing

Shelagh McCartney, Ryerson University; Ellen Molloy, Ryerson University; Ely DeSandoli, Ryerson University; Frances Grout-Brown, Ryerson University; Laura Lebel-Pantazopoulos, Ryerson University; Paul Arkilander, Ryerson University; Puneh Jamshidi-Moghadam, Ryerson University; Riley Malthaner, Ryerson University; Sally Nicholson, Ryerson University

Laneway suites could increase rental stock in established neighbourhoods without affecting their character. Toronto has lagged behind other cities in Canada and North America.

Rapturous falsetto voices are heard in the new HBO documentary ‘The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.’ (HBO)

Falsetto: The enduring love affair with the soaring male voice

Helen Pridmore, University of Regina

Falsetto male pop and opera artists fascinate us with their high voices, but it's also intriguing to know anyone can find a falsetto sound.

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N’attendez pas que les adolescents viennent vers vous. Engagez la conversation avec eux. Shutterstock

Prévention du suicide chez les ados : comment avoir une conversation sincère avec ses enfants

Marie-Claude Geoffroy, McGill University; Anthony Gifuni, Stanford University

Les experts en prévention du suicide estiment que les parents peuvent engager une conversation honnête et sûre sur le suicide avec leurs enfants.




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