Pandemic Postpones Sports

Elisha Holliman, Reporter

     COVID-19 has caused many national sports seasons to be canceled/postponed. This has been devastating to some of the players, but especially to the fans. Some fans have been affected greatly by the absence of their favorite sports in their lives. 

     “Regular-season games would also mean a much-needed cash insurgence for local business around arenas, presuming they’re in operation as the coronavirus pandemic hopefully wanes. But this is a fantasy,” said ESPN writer Greg Wyshynski.

     Different people have started to think about potential issues with postponing seasons, rather than cancelling them.

     “All of these issues are pressing, but none is more pressing than the fact that the NHL — and every other professional sport looking to make up postponed games — is going to start running out of runway to relaunch this summer,” said Wyshynski.

     Many fans of the competitive cheer world have been missing the sport and all the hype of competitions.

     “All Varsity All Star events scheduled through May 31, 2020 have been cancelled. We are currently planning to host the previously rescheduled events in June,” said Varsity brands, a national sports brand.

     The NBA postponed the season on Wednesday, March 11th until further notice.

     “The NBA has temporarily suspended the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  That decision was made to safeguard the health and well-being of NBA fans, players, team and arena personnel, media members and the general public.  The league intends to resume the season, pending further developments related to the pandemic,” said a writer at NBA.com.

     With baseball season just getting started, many fans were left disappointed with the season being postponed indefinitely. 

     “MLB and its Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule. The league plans to announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time, though MLB also said it “will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.”,” said Mark Feinsand a writer for MLB.com.

     With all of the free time these athletes have, some of them have decided to be active in their communities and donate to charity.

     “In the sports world, virtually every competition has been put on hiatus, leaving athletes with a lot of time on their hands. Many of them including hockey stars John Klingberg, Bryan Rust, Marc-Andre Fleury have all raised money to donate to COVID-19 relief,” said Mitch Reames, a writer for Adweek.