Nationwide Sports Still on the Bubble on Returning to Play

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Shayne Zientek, Social Media Manager

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of everyday life and it is something that is sadly unavoidable. It has impacted our personal lives, our work lives and even where we get our entertainment. One loss for sports fans around the world is that all sport activity has been at a halt since the eruption of the virus in the U.S. While most organizations have been planning on ways that they can compete again, it seems that overall not much traction has been heading in the right direction.

As of May 14th, the NFL has no date for when they are to open facilities. Since their season plays out in the fall and winter, it’s hard to tell when the games can start up again. President’s of different teams and top officials received a memo from the NFL explaining that no team facilities will open unless every team is capable of resuming. They’re not allowing teams to practice and run training camp unless all teams are cleared to begin. The NFL is also considering playing games with no fans in attendance, being that the league is cleared for resumed play.

In recent news in the NBA, owners and executives league wide are looking forward to a resume to action sometime soon after a call with commissioner Adam Silver. This call had a main focus on the health and well being of the players and officials, and if they feel comfortable enough to return. Some of the top players in the NBA held a virtual call to discuss their opinions on returning, and overall the discussion was optimistic.  Silver has been toying with the idea of teams playing at one of two certain locations, including Orlando and Las Vegas.

The MLB is currently holding meetings with their Player Association about starting games for a modified season. The league and team owners previously agreed that a shortened 82 game season starting in July would be reasonable. With this, the league is implementing a safety protocol that players be tested multiple times a week, but won’t result in that player being placed in quarantine if tested positive. League owner’s have also suggested that player’s take pay cuts to alleviate the loss of revenue from fans being at games. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell had this to say on the news around the league, “The risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I’m making is way lower. Why the hell would I think about doing that?” It’s clear that the player’s own safety is important to them, and there needs to be more negotiation on the matter to come to a resolution that satisfies all parties.