We Will See
As we enter the second month of the COVID-19 pandemic on the East Coast, it seems many plans to restart professional sports are still very much up in the air.
As I heard one sportscaster on ESPN say while talking about the Major League Baseball season, “We will see.” And that is really all we can do at this point.
I still think it is unlikely that most sports resume any earlier than mid to late summer.
One plan floating around is that MLB could resume in May with all 30 teams playing games at stadiums in Arizona with no fans in attendance.
There are a number of issues however including state and federal approval, financial considerations and even how players can interact with each other and opposing teams.
There are also a number of players overseas that would need to fly back to the US, which is another potential obstacle.
The National Football League will conduct its annual draft starting on Thursday evening. Most teams plan to have “virtual off-seasons” through the summer and are still hoping to begin the season on the original planned date of September 10.
The PGA says it will restart its season on June 8 with the Schwab Championship in Fort Worth, Texas. The association does not plan to let fans attend its first four scheduled events.
College football has not made any definite plans but the major conferences reiterated recently that if campuses are closed, student-athletes will not play.
A number of big events have also been moved to later in the year including The Kentucky Derby that is now scheduled to run the first Saturday in September and the Tour De Force, which is rescheduled for August 29.
While it is nice to see Board of Directors for major sports making plans to hold events in a few months, everything is still dependent on just how much we can get control of this pandemic.
That is something I know we are all hoping will be sooner rather than later.
As for sports this summer and fall, “We will see!”