Sport is nothing without its supporters and the atmosphere they generate, but in these desperate times we are getting closer to the point of needing desperate measures.
Players, supporters, TV companies, bean counters - no one wants to see games played behind closed doors, yet if we are to see any sport for the remainder of the year, then that is increasingly becoming the only valid option.
Rugby faces several hurdles if it is to get anywhere near that point, not least because the sport is predicated on physical contact and 16 players packing down in a scrum isn't exactly the most logical way to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
Then there is the fact that the four provinces are involved in cross-border competitions, which means that if the Irish government are eventually able to relax the lockdown restrictions, the same freedom would have to apply in England, France, Wales, Scotland and South Africa.
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Given that we still feel a long way off reaching that kind of scenario, the prospect of a revamped inter-pro series is becoming more appealing by the day.
What that would look like remains to be seen but Leinster were the first club to publicly support the idea.
We have all seen the kind of soul-less environments that are created when Champions League football games are played behind closed doors but with rugby's powers facing few alternatives, their hand may be forced.
Health Minister Simon Harris's warning that mass gatherings for the remainder of 2020 were "highly unlikely" came as the latest shock wave, but some clubs are still hoping that they could be allowed to return to some sort of training next month.
Revenues are plummeting as clubs miss out on big days, not least Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final clash at the Aviva Stadium.
An inter-pro series behind closed doors could help stem the flow and while it is not a perfect solution, Leo Cullen is on board with the idea, as a potential last resort.
"I think playing behind closed doors, if it does come to that, and revenue can be generated from that, and we get back into that rhythm of playing games, I think it would be a positive thing in the situation that we're in," the Leinster head coach said.
"We're trying to be very open-minded and do what's best to try and safeguard the overall game."
And therein lies the key. That open-mindedness will be crucial if the show is to get back on the road.
No one wants to see games played in empty stadiums, but that is surely better than the alternative, when there is no rugby at all.
As things stand, Leinster are operating off a "soft plan" to resume team training on May 15.
Wishful thinking perhaps, but it's up to Cullen to ensure that his squad are prepared for all eventualities.
"We'll be ready for everything," he insisted.
"We'll be seeing other sports starting up probably ahead of us somewhere in the world. We'll just be guided on what the situation is on any given day.
"We've got inter-provincial teams on our doorstep and we've got four teams and then we've got our club situation as well and what does all that look like, when do guys play, what's the level we come back at.
"I'm fascinated to read about other sports in other jurisdictions, as to what they're preparing to do and what all of that is going to look like.
"So yeah, as I said, we're certainly open to various different proposals that are out there, but obviously they have be proposals or ideas that are going to work. But we're certainly open-minded."
If rugby is to get back to any semblance of normality then all stakeholders are going to have to adopt that same open-minded approach.
That includes supporters and even if it means they won't be able to watch their province in the flesh, most will see it as a necessary evil to get the season back on track.