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So this question came from our Sports Biz Melb meet up because it was the biggest question in the room. so we are hosting sports sportsbiz networking events in Melbourne every single month. we've done three so far this year. it's been one of my missions to do it more often. and the question was. How should sports react to coronavirus? So before contexts and of when this discussion was happening, and when I'm recording this, because a lot will change between when I'm recording right now. And when you listen to this on potentially Friday, may 20, March 20 so this, yeah, I'm recording this. The day after the NBA suspended, the season, a lot of tournaments and, and have now suspended their seasons. And this morning the Australian Grand Prix was canceled. So the first question was to play or not play. and I think it makes perfect sense to move into the netplay space, especially for, and it's my primarily maintaining, security and health of the fans. So everything currently, the current advices when there's a large gathering of people that, helps as far as sprayed. So I think. The NBA, the NHL, NCAA, the grand Prix role, making the right decisions on these, on this case. and I think, you know, we'll probably see more by the time this gets, by the time this gets published. So I think the thing is, it should be. Care for the fans, care for the players, something that we're currently facing and challenge with, with Gravitas on, on having the, having the guys go into a studio, making sure it's safe, they're making sure it's safe for them to travel to the studio and the like. you want to make sure that the players are protected in this instance. then I think longer term, I think it will come down to how to, there's a couple of things. How does digital play a part. In informing fans about what is happening, what potentially will happen in the future. But then also, I think there's also a bigger picture play, and I do liken it to going, to the T20 world cup. so last Sunday. I was at the cricket women's cricket world cup final world cup final mcg 86,000 people there. There was talk of the coronavirus being a concern, but the, the, the event went ahead. the only, you know, and I enjoy the event. I thought it was a great event. I think the only. If I have a criticism or something that I could have done, he's done some public service announcements around what good behavior and good hygiene behavior and what good crowd behavior is. so whether that's, a simple PSA that says if you're going to cough, cough into your, into your, into your arm or, or use a hanky or, wash your hands. All of those kinds of things that, the messaging that we are currently getting out. I think sport can play a part, similar to the. To, how I as Roma reviews their social platforms to amplify the stories of missing children. I think there's potentially an opportunity for sports to help get the message out, around what he's, I guess good behavior and safe behavior and good hygiene in this, in this time. but I also think there is also, some real longterm, concerns and we need to look at, how digital can. Keep the conversation going with them. Teams and fans if there is long layoffs. So what, what do digital teams do with no content? how do you tell a story if there is restrictions around who is attending the events? those kinds of things. So there's still a lot to be played out. I, I, you know, I do feel for everyone that is affected by this, and hopefully, you know, again, fingers crossed, touch wood, all those things. In four to six weeks, things start returning to normal and we can help, you know, we can hope that that happens. but it is a little bit of wait and see. but I think erring on the side of, of caution, does make sense. They're getting back into the more normal questions because I am not a doctor.