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The Return of Sports?!

The time for sports to return may be coming soon. GETTY/MARKETWATCH

It’s been three months since we’ve had sports and a lot has happened during that time. The most important thing I can say that’s happened is how the Black Lives Matter movement grew and more athletes began to share their voices. I feel as if the return of sports is still too early because of the COVID-19 pandemic and socially what we are dealing with in our own communities, but it’s our job to share this news.

“The Return of Sports” special done by SportsCenter presented on ESPN invited commissioners from six of the top American professional team sports leagues to discuss the return to competition in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioners Gary Bettman (NHL), Cathy Engelbert (WNBA), Don Garber (MLS), Roger Goodell (NFL), Rob Manfred (MLB) and Adam Silver(NBA) shared their thoughts on the return of sports and how things would be different across each league.

“Since sports came to a halt three months ago, we’ve all been eagerly awaiting their return. In this SportsCenter Special, fans will hear directly from commissioners, managers and athletes about the decisions they’ve made and the challenges they’ve faced throughout this unprecedented time, and what the resumption of sports will look like over the coming weeks and months,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN Executive Vice President, Event and Studio Production.

So here’s a few SAVE THE DATES for you:

NASCAR is already rolling!

July 1st: MLB players report to camp

July 8th: MLS resumes

July 24th: WNBA season starts

The Women’s National Basketball Association states that IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida will be the official home of the 2020 WNBA season.

July 24th: MLB season starts and season ends September 27th

July 30th: NBA season resumes

The National Basketball Association is still confident in the league’s bubble concept to safely resume its season in Orlando, Florida.

NFL training camps & NHL are projected to resume late July.

The Premier League resumed earlier this month and the Champions League will officially return on August 7th.

Last week it was reported that 28 athletes and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at Clemson.

Currently it has been reported that a few golf players & caddies have tested positive for COVID-19 after being in Hilton Head this past weekend.

I know I am only one media member and sports fan, but I don’t think sports should return until next year. It’s not safe! Sporting events will not have fans present and players will have to find new ways to interact with each other. Imagine not being able to give your teammate a high-five after an amazing play!? This is going to be hard for a lot of people while exposing some of our favorite athletes, staff members, media professionals & their families to this deadly virus.

Sports brings us all together and right now I feel like we should all be at home.

Let us know what you think.

Are you excited or nervous about the return of sports? Will this change your overall fan experience??



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