By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The sports world is coming to a halt for nearly all of its events following the spread of the coronavirus. Thursday was the toughest news day yet with the fluid news coming out almost instantly.
Sadly, a lot of these events may be gone for the entire season. Not only has the NBA suspended their season – which was announced on Wednesday night – the NHL announced on Thursday that they are suspending their season.
Major League Baseball has also suspended operations indefinitely, as there will be no more spring training games. Nor will the start of the season begin in time later this month.
Several NFL teams have already closed their facilities. As a result, their new league year may not start on time on March 18th, which signals the start of free agency.
Major League Soccer has also stopped playing for at least one month. The historic Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals was postponed. However, this event may not happen in 2020 with the logistics being difficult to fit it in now.
There is already some speculation that the NHRA’s Las Vegas race may be in question, as well.
The ATP Tour has also suspended their season. The PGA Tour has also canceled one of its majors in the Players Championship.
The National Lacrosse League has done the same thing, but their season, like the NBA and NHL, was nearing a completion.
There were 13 conference basketball tournaments that came to halt immediately. The Atlantic Coast Conference may be the only conference to crown a champion without even the entire tournament playing out, which would have ended on Saturday.
The Florida State Seminoles were crowned the champions.
The NCAA announced that their NCAA Championships, including their prestigious NCAA March Madness Tournament, were canceled. Not only were the Basketball Tournaments impacted, but their remaining Winter and all Spring Championships were halted, as well.
The only way to possibly cause this pandemic to end in the United States is to stop attending close contact events. Yet, while so many events have stopped, there are many more that are continuing, including WWE Smackdown, which has been moved from Detroit, Michigan on Friday night to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
In addition, NASCAR will operate their next two events with no fans in attendance. The UFC also announced that some of their upcoming events will not include fans.
This is the new normal for the time being with limited sports coverage – or potentially no sports coverage — until this coronavirus goes away. This may be the first-time since the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
But while sports may be limited, or there will be no sports coverage, you can still follow The Capital Sports Report, as we’re not going anywhere. Even with no sports on the TV, we’ll still bring you sports news.
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