The Mid-American Conference were among the non-Power 5 Football conferences that took a major hit when the Power 5 conferences decided to play conference only schedules for the upcoming season.
According to Stadium and confirmed by Yahoo Sports, the MAC has decided to cancel their football season for the fall because of concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also adds that the conference will try and play football in the spring.
The conference is the first among the Football Bowl Subdivision to opt out as a whole consists of Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan.
When the Power 5 conferences decided to go conference only for their football schedule this fall, it took a huge economic hit to the MAC schools. According to the report, the 11 games canceled against Big Ten opponents cost the MAC a combined $10.5 million with Bowling Green taking the biggest loss at $2.2 million as they were scheduled to open the season against Ohio State on September 5 and also play Illinois on September 26.
The hits have also forced universities to make cuts across the board including at the University of Akron who had to layoff 96 faculty members earlier this year due to budget cuts.