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The return of sports is good for fans, but how about the players?
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By Brandon Rivera

The Colorado Rockies have released their schedule for the 2020 season and kick off the season in Texas to face the Rangers on Friday July, 24 at 6:05 p.m. MST at Globe Life Field. The Rockies don’t officially start their home opener at Coors Field until July 31, against division rivals, the San Diego Padres.

While it’s still unclear as to whether or not MLB will be allowing fans into games at this point they have not ruled out the possibility. In spite of alarming increases to COVID-19 across the U.S. fans have both been in favor of and against crowds at ballparks across the country. In the meantime fans expect to watch games from the comfort of their own homes until ball clubs make the decision to start allowing fans back in the stands.

The Colorado Avalanche are expected to return to the ice on August 2nd against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. On July 10th the NHL announced that Toronto would serve as the hub city for Eastern Conference teams while Edmonton will serve as the hub city for Western Conference teams. The approach is similar to the NBA’s, however each conference will be playing at different arenas throughout the NHL playoffs.

The Denver Nuggets have been at the NBA “bubble” in Orlando for just over a week now and are expected to restart the season against the Miami Heat on August 1st. Nugget’s star Nikola Jokic tested positive for COVID-19 back in mid-June after attending an exhibition game. Jokic has been asymptomatic however his return state side was postponed while he recovered from the virus.

We are just a couple weeks away from sports returning full swing (without fans) in the U.S. and in the same month the NFL was to return for their 2020 season. While the NBA, NHL, and MLB have all established and implemented how they will return, the NFL seems to still be at odds as to how the season will kick off. Time is running out and the NFL is feeling the pressure.

As of the fourth of July, 31 MLB players had tested positive for COVID-19 and another 13 tested positive since workouts began. Forty-three NHL players have tested positive since the return of workouts, 25 players from the NBA have tested positive since the beginning of July, and nearly one third of NFL teams have reported positive COVID-19 cases.

While it’s clear that no one is immune to this virus it is also clear that the sports world has some hard decisions to make about exposure to other players, teams, staff and facility personnel. As you may remember, Von Miller was one of the first NFL athletes to test positive for COVID-19 and although he was asymptomatic and appears to be virus-free, the risk is still high for anyone to catch the virus.





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