The argument that to remove it permanently would affect participation at grass-roots level and crowds down the pyramid may once have been true but such is the choice of televised football available now that has lost much of its power.
If the opening match of the Premier League’s comeback proved anything, it was that for all the hype, symbolism – poetry even – around it, a boring game of football on telly is still a boring game of football on telly.
It will serve an important purpose over the coming weeks but at the end of this blighted, strait-jacketed period, people will have endured quite enough of staring at a screen. They will crave the visceral feel of live sport again.
Once the restrictions are lifted and people feel safe again, sport should prepare itself for an explosion in attendances. It happened after the Second World War. It will happen again after this trauma too.
So let the broadcasters have their Saturday 3pm slot. And let the rest of us prepare for the blessed moment of release when we can switch off our sets, walk out of the front door and head to the match. The moment when life becomes 3D again.
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