COVID-19 impacts professional sports
Following the spread of COVID-19, many of the largest sports organizations in the world have begun suspending or postponing their seasons.
These suspensions and postponements began when the NBA suspended its season on March 11th following the announcement that a player from the Utah Jazz had tested positive for COVID-19. That player wound up being two time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. The following day it was revealed that he had spread the virus to all-star teammate Donovan Mitchell.
Since the suspension of the NBA season, the MLB has pushed back the start of its season, the NHL has suspended its season, the XFL has ended its season, the MLS has suspended its season, and foreign soccer clubs like the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and the English Premier League have suspended their seasons. The NFL currently has no plans on pushing back the start of its season, however the NFL Draft will no longer take place in Las Vegas, but in a studio. In addition to these changes, the International Olympic Committee has announced that the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games have been postponed until 2021.
Many players and employees of these leagues have been diagnosed with the virus. The NBA has had many players test positive, including former MVP Kevin Durant as well as players from the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers. In the NFL, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tested positive for the virus. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive for the virus, effectively suspending the English Premier League season.
There is still no set date for any of these leagues to return to play; however some leagues are beginning to give estimates. The Premier League has said that they should return to play “sometime in June.” The NBA hasn’t given an estimate of how long the season will be suspended, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that if all players could be tested by medical officials and that there would be no fans in team arenas, the NBA could consider resuming play.
Although there are sports on to help entertain during this quarantine, make sure to be taking the proper precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus, such as washing your hands thoroughly and staying away from public places unless absolutely necessary. Stay safe, everyone.