In this new world where the coronavirus is changing our lives every day, sports teams are trying to figure out how and when they will be able to play. As we all know, the NBA, MLB, PGA, and the NHL had to suspend play. There was just no way to keep playing without the major threat of spreading this disease. So, all these sports went on a pause and there is also a discussion on what will happen to the NFL and NCAA football coming up soon. College basketball was lost altogether, unfortunately.
With most sports suspended or canceled, it’s a good time to read up on sports betting skills so at least you can be prepared for when games resume. There is a list of articles at Sports Betting Dime that I thought were pretty interesting and would be a good place to start if you are new to sports betting. Now is the best time to do some reading since there are not much sports to watch on TV.
One thing is for sure, when the games begin, life will officially be back to normal. Now, there are still many questions about having fans in the stands. The PGA has announced they will resume playing June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth TX. Of course, this tournament will be played without any fans in attendance and this will be the case for some time.
The NHL would be into the playoffs were it not for the suspension of play. There has been no updated plan by the league, as of yet, on when they will be able to resume play. There are still plans for the Stanley Cup to taker place this summer though. The NHL will have to decide on how the rest of the games will be played and a possible shortened playoff format.
The NBA is now talking about a 25-day return to basketball plan once the all-clear is given that play can resume. Of course, this may mean that the league will not be able to finish the regular season and will have to jump to a playoff format. Two of the suggestions of play being thrown around are playing three-game series as opposed to seven or maybe an NCAA type one-game elimination tournament.
MLB has already been talking about playing baseball in Arizona to begin the season that never started. They would start there and then when the all-clear is given, they would move on to the regular schedule we have become accustomed to.
The NFL and College football is hoping that things will be back to a semblance of normalcy so they can begin playing as scheduled. If this does not happen, they too will have to look at coming up with another way to play.
Of course, all of these ideas and scenarios are contingent on a resolution from this virus. Athletes and sports fans alike cannot wait until the games begin, but we must think about the health and safety of Americans first. We must be sure that it is safe for the players to play again even without fans in attendance. For fans to go back to the games, we have to be sure it is safe as well.
Our lives have been turned upside down and the only sure thing we have right now is to continue to social distance. This way, we can be sure to cut down the rate of contracting this disease and our mortality rate from it. But once this is all over……Let the games begin