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For football, Pac-12 put a big bet on coronavirus rapid tests

May 09, 2021 - The Seattle Times

Desperate to save its pandemic-delayed football season last fall, the Pac-12 made a wager.

Rapid antigen tests - a new technology for detecting the coronavirus - had hit the market in recent months, offering results in 15 minutes. The Pac-12, and other athletic conferences, wanted to try an unproven use: to screen healthy athletes daily for the coronavirus.

Conference Commissioner Larry Scott brokered a deal with Quidel, a prominent test manufacturer, and hailed the tests as a "game-...