It’s been 42 days since the first major sports domino fell due to the coronavirus outbreak.
On March 11, the NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Since then the NHL, NCAA and MLB have canceled play until further notice.
The sports world has been quiet since then. No United States sports are currently in session and may not be for some time.
In recent days, it appears that states across the country may begin to slowly open up again. So what does this mean for sports?
Well, since the outbreak began, the leagues have been constructing plans to continue play. Two major factors that will decide this is whether or not the players will be safe while playing, and if health officials allow the leagues to play.
Per Sam Amick of The Athletic, has heard from sources that the “optimism is growing” among people.
The NBA has been working closely with health officials and have funded research to help the fight against COVID-19.
Each team has between 13-16 regular season games remaining, so there is still a lot of basketball left to be played. The NBA is still looking at possible locations where they will finish the season; however, these games will almost certainly be played in empty arenas. The NBA has been watching how the Chinese Basketball Association handles their delayed season situation.
The NHL has “intensified” their communication with health officials in the recent days, according to the New York Post. They have on going planning on resuming play for the season. This of course can happen with the green light of safety from officials.
NBA commisioner Adam Silver and NHL’s Gary Bettman have major decesions to make in the coming weeks.
The MLB season was set to start March 28th, but this was obviously not the case. Commisioner Rob Manfred is confident the season will resume, according to MLBTraderumors.com. The MLB is also reportedly looking to begin the season with all teams playing at a 17 field baseball complex in Arizona.
Many teams have promised to pay their employees through the end of May. It is extremly difficult to pinpoint a date when the season can resume, but MLB is also working with health officials.
MLB will also have to potentially develope a new schedule for teams. The 162 game regular season is just out of the question at this point, so some people are speculating if the season will even count, if played.
Recently, leagues have been broadcasting Esporting events. the NBA gathered 16 players and conducted a tournament style NBA 2K tournament raising money for charity. The MLB is also having a tournament of 30 players with MLB the Show. NASCAR has also conducted “iracing” that has been broadcasted on FOX Sports.
President Donald Trump held a conference call with the comissioners of all major sports leagues discussing when the seasons can be played.
In a time of uncertainity, we will have to wait and see how the sports reopens their door and how quickly they can do it.