While COVID-19 has changed the world around us for the foreseeable future it also posed the risk of keeping the sports world in limbo for 2020.
Halfway into 2020, we find ourselves in uncharted territory as a result of a worldwide pandemic that has created problems for international economies, businesses, and the sports world. The United States was hit just as the NBA, and NHL entered the end of their seasons as well as College’s March Madness.
Now we find ourselves in an unprecedented time with both the NBA and the NHL announcing a playoff format that would allow them to respectively end the season with a 2020 championship team.
The NHL announced that their season would resume, straight into the playoffs without playing any remainder regular season games, while the NBA has a much different scenario on their hands.
The NBA has been in discussions about the restart of their season, which includes COVID-19 testing for players beginning June 23rd. The NBA says they’d like to have 22 participating teams arrive in Orlando, Florida with training camps between now and July 30th when they are expected to resume games until August 15th. From there a Play-in-tourney would take place, the difference, however, is that the NBA is getting pushback from a number of players who disagree with the return of the season in light of current Civil Rights issues which have rightfully raised as a result of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
While the remainder of the NBA season appears to still be in limbo, MLB also seems to be having issues about whether or not they will even begin a 2020 season. The NFL on the other-hand seems to likely be headed in the direction of starting their 2020 season this fall.
Though all U.S. sports organizations have major hurdles in how they will handle social distancing for potential fans and or league personnel including players, it’s safe to say that fans are eager to have their favorite sports teams on the court, fields in an effort to take their minds off the volatile climate we all seem to be in around the world.
NASCAR racing returned with fans over the weekend at Homestead in Miami, Florida with 1000 members of the U.S. Military and Healthcare Workers along with their family members. Fans were given complimenary masks at gate enterences and social distancing was accomplished by spreading out fans throughout the stands.
On Monday, the Denver Broncos and FanDuel Group announced a partnership in the first of its kind. In November of 2019, the residents of Colorado voted in favor of Proposition DD allowing legalized sports betting in the state. The partnership with FanDuel is the first of its kind allowing FanDuel to use the Denver Broncos logos, in television ads, as well as radio and billboard ads.
This is La Voz’ first sports story returning after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and we remind everyone to continue social distancing and practicing good hygiene in an effort to help get back to normal.