Ladies and gentlemen, now it's official. March 12, 2020, is the worst day for sports to date in history. Most major sports organizations caved to Coronavirus fears and suspended their operations.
Even in times of World Wars, we could count on getting some, although limited sports entertainment that provided an escape from daily struggles. Global Coronavirus pandemic, however, forced a preventive shutdown of the most major sports leagues and events worldwide but there still are a few sports that you can watch!
Which Sports Leagues Are Suspended?
Utah Jazz, French basketball player, Rudy Gobert was among the first major athletes, who was positively tested for Covid-19 yesterday afternoon forcing an indefinite postponement of the Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder game.
It didn't take long since the NBA officially announced a suspension of its operation.
Making the Hornets vs Heat officially the last game of the 2019/20 Season.
The Hornets vs Heat game was incredible and it only shows how much we will miss NBA games.
We will not get a chance to fully assess who should be the NBA 2020 MVP and we will probably not find out if King James and his Lakers have what it takes to win the playoffs.
It didn't take long for other US leagues to follow in NBA footsteps and taking the same measures and suspending their operations.
The NHL was coquetting with an idea to play the rest of the season games without fans but as we now know that's not gonna be the case.
Major League Soccer barely started and only 2 weeks after David Beckham's Inter Miami's existence fans are denied more MLS soccer.
However, Inter Miami's Rodolfo Pizarro already made history by scoring the first goal for the franchise in week 2 vs DC United.
It's only a matter of time till European Soccer Leagues will suspend their operations. Most Champions League games were played behind closed doors and despite a loss in overtime Liverpool may still remain Champions League Champion because of Italian club Juventus Danieli Rugani testing positive for Covid-19.
That may comfort some Liverpool fans, however, Liverpool may be denied Premier League Title because Manchester City vs Arsenal game was already postponed, due to Arsenal playing Olympiakos, who's owner tested positive for Coronavirus and now three players from Leicester are being tested for Covid-19 after showing symptoms.
March Madness Is Canceled
Official statement to suspend any NCAA Basketball followed on Thursday early afternoon, which means March Madness is Canceled.
"NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities."
This is really bad for basketball fans because not only we were robbed of NBA but now there will be no March Madness!
Maybe the question should be which Man didn't cave...
Vince McMahon, the guy who is behind WWE and new spring pro football league XFL decided to keep going. [UPDATE - XFL is officially canceled]
UFC is another organization that decided to fight against coronavirus and didn't suspend their upcoming Fight Night in Brasil, however, Fight Night 170 will be held without any fans in the Ginasio Nilson Nelson arena.
NASCAR fans can also celebrate at least to a degree... NASCAR representatives decided to follow similar guidelines to UFC and the race in Atlanta will still happen, however, all the petrolhead fans will need to sit tight on their sofa and watch the race from home.
Yes, many sports organizations caved to Coronavirus scare and despite huge financial losses and lack of sports entertainment these measures help to save many human lives and prevent coronavirus outbreak.
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