While MFMA cannot prove that the COVID pandemic is the direct cause, normal market forces cannot be attributed as the cause. Another important indicator is supply. With plywood mills shutting down the supply of plywood has become scarce, especially in large quantities like MFMA members purchase.
Many MFMA sport floor contractors are very small companies and cannot withstand project losses in excess of tens of thousands of dollars. 
As an alternate solution to the increased lumber costs, there are many MFMA Manufacturers’ subfloor designs that use less lumber/plywood compared to a traditional double plywood system that are great alternatives, if cost increases are not approved.  In many cases, they have very similar performance standards.   
In addition, here are a couple of news articles discussing the lumber crisis as a direct result of the COVID pandemic.

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