Where the Major Sports Stand Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
Almost every sporting event, significant or otherwise, has been canceled, postponed, or moved because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the real question, which no one knows the answer for, is when games will resume?
The Summer Games have been postponed for an entire year, until July 23rd, 2021. The Paralympics had also delayed until August 24th, 2021.
Major League Baseball officials have canceled the start of its season after only a few spring training games had been played. They have no set a date for the MLBs return.
The league has said that it considered a plan to start the season in may with teams playing in Arizona, among different ideas.
The South Korean League may be the first significant league to start its season, planning exhibition games beginning April 21st.
The National Football League has found benefits from the calendar. With the first regular-season game being scheduled for September 10th, there are high hopes that the season can still be held.
The NFL’s next draft, starting from Thursday and going until Saturday, will be a television event with no live spectators. The Canadian Football League has postponed its season from its original June 11th start.
The NBA has suspended it’s the season on March 11th with teams having played only sixty-three to sixty-seven of the eighty-two game season. There is no official date for when the season will resume.
The WNBA season, which was scheduled to start on May 15th, was also postponed. The draft for the WNBA was on as planned for Friday.
THE NCAA has halted all of its sports on March 12th, meaning the winter sports had not finished, and the spring sports had barely even started. This includes both men’s and women’s Division I Basketball tournaments, which happen to be the largest source of income for the organization.
The NBA awarded an extra year of eligibility to ambitious spring sports athletes. They had to miss their seasons because of the pandemic.
College Football is still scheduled for the fall season.
Euro 2020, the major summer event, which was scheduled at various sights starting in June, has been postponed by a year. As a result, the women’s event set for 2021 in England, has been pushed to 2022. The men’s World Cup is to start in 2022. Qualifying events have already been postponed in some parts of the world.
The NHL has suspended its season on March 12th, with seventy games having been playing by each team of the eighty-two game regular season. The NHL draft, which was scheduled for June 26th and June 27th in Montreal, Canada, has been postponed along with the draft lottery and scouting combine.
The Hockey World Championship in Switzerland has been canceled.
The French Open was moved from its date from May to September 20th. The Wimbledon event, scheduled for a start in late June, has been canceled for the first time since World War II. The United States Open that was scheduled for an August 31st to September 12th event was still expected to happen, although organizers have said that they will consider all options.
The PGA tour has halted its events right after the first round of the Player’s Championship on March 12th. The Open in Britain scheduled for July has been canceled. The three other majors had been rescheduled: The PGA Championship will start on August 6th, while the United States Open will begin on September 17th and the Masters on November 12th.
The PGA tour said it has planned to return on June 11th with a tournament in Texas.