U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, who in August was the first federal official to urge the Big Ten to play football, issued the following statement urging the Big Ten to reverse its blanket prohibition on fan attendance and instead let local communities follow local public health requirements. 

“The Big Ten followed the science for players, they should follow the science for fans. Local communities should make decisions about attendance based on public health conditions on the ground. This is a fluid situation and what works in Lincoln might not be right for Ann Arbor, and it might vary month to month. The Big Ten should embrace local, data-based decisions.”