The Ivy League has to cancel for cost reasons. They operate the exact same as d3 programs in that they don’t provide athletic scholarships for players and make little to no revenue for the season. Them in particular playing would be taking money out of their own pockets even more than they usually do. Same with the SIAC. Those Type programs spend more to play than they ever make for their school. No matter what anybody’s stance is on cancelling the season, those programs should NOT be the comparison.
Costs have nothing to do with Ivy decision. They are rolling in money for all sorts of financial aid. Tuition is based on a sliding scale at most of these schools. Low income kids go virtually for free if they have the academics to get in. Football players get need based grants and scholarships.
Cutting football at Ivy League schools is cutting a cost that hasn’t given them much back financially compared to other schools. Other FCS programs and FBS literally operate off the revenue generated from football. Quite a few power 5 teams in this region push their entire state’s economy in an upward direction because of football. The IVY teams usually get nothing back. They don’t even have a Celebration Bowl to go to. Why play in that situation?