"And professional sports are going strong." ..Are they? Pro and College sports are still losing a lot of revenue without butts in the seats.
College sports are not professional. And I don't believe college students should be pressured into playing sports at higher risk factors just so that a university can pull in more money.
Colleges and universities have an obligation to protect these individuals careers and potential professional sports futures, which I have seen nothing of. And I don't see anyone demanding these institutions to implement protections for students. Hell, these universities are demanding 100% tuition for the distance learning model. It's a down right sham!!!
And professional sports will survive without butts in the seats because advertising revenue has been the number one revenue stream for professional sports since the 90s. Nobody is claiming there will be zero butts in seats permanently. But, in all reality, what your describing is getting back to complete normal, not 'some semblance of normal life.'
IMO, we've been living that semblance of a normal life for the past couple months and it's down right comfortable for many of us. Don't get me wrong, the recession will continue throughout the winter and more than likely until we get an effective vaccine(s). But if there's a country on this planet that can withstand such a recession, it's the U.S.
If only we had leadership that is interested in protecting the middle class people and the peoples' finances more than the rich, more of us would be comfortable. You can blame Trump, McConnell, and the rest of the GOP for that. Despite the lack of that sort of support, the we are living the semblance. Just take a look around.