In order to battle the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 that is currently dominating world news, authorities are urging that individuals practice “social distancing”, limiting their interaction with other human beings until the pandemic is under control.
While this is certainly a valid approach to combatting this wildly contagious virus, it also means that Americans will soon find themselves bored at home, awaiting the end of the panic. Sports fans were likely relishing the opportunity to catch a few more matches and games from their “home offices” in the downtime.
Unfortunately, this won’t be the case.
The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) said Wednesday it would allow March Madness — the biggest annual event in college basketball — to go on as planned, with one major change: There won’t be any fans.
Only essential staff members and family members will be able to attend, the NCAA said in a statement Wednesday.
Major League Soccer will suspend its season for 30 days while it reevaluates the impact of the coronavirus.
“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada, and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”
The NHL has also chosen to suspend its season until further notice, while the PGA Tour and NASCAR will continue to hold events, but without allowing spectators to avoid feeding their fans to the contagion.
The MLB is suspending Spring Training, but has yet to make a decision beyond that.
In good news, we may finally be able to get to the end of our ever-growing Netflix queue.
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