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Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on U.S. Sports

News related to coronavirus (Covid-19) as it impacts the sports world. This post has been updated with the latest as of March 16th

  • MLB has announced that Opening Day for the 2020 season has been pushed back at least eight weeks, in accordance with CDC guidance. May 10 will mark eight weeks from the CDC’s announcement.

  • FiveThirtyEight reports that the cost of losing one-fifth of the NBA regular season could approach a billion dollars.

  • The NFL will proceed with its Draft on April 23-25, but will cancel public events in Las Vegas, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is having a conference call today advising all teams to shut down their facilities, and several GMs are preparing for a start as late as July, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

On Friday, the Front Office Sports newsletter poll asked, “When do you think U.S. sports leagues will resume play?” Most of you thought it would be in a little more than a month: 0-30 days: 10.4% 30-60 days: 68.4% 60+ days: 21.1% Then on Sunday, the CDC recommended canceling events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, meaning May 10 at the earliest. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that NBA owners and executives are hoping for a mid-to-late June start, at best. And that the league is scouting for arena dates through August. For the record, 64% of respondents to Thursday’s poll said that if they had a ticket to a sporting event on Thursday, they would have gone.

US Professional Sports Leagues

March 16th

  • A number of teams and players have announced plans to ensure that hourly arena workers will be paid for canceled games. CBS has a comprehensive list here.

March 15th

  • The NFL Players association has approved a new collective bargaining agreement.

March 13th

  • NASCAR has decided that it will postpone this weekend’s races in Atlanta, after previously saying they would be run without fans, ESPN’s Mike Clay reports.

  • Next weekend’s events in Homestead have also been postponed, Clay said.

  • The Women’s Tennis Association has postponed the Miami Open and the Volvo Car Open in Charleston.


March 12th

  • The NBA G League has suspended its season in the early morning hours Shams Charania reports that Donovan Mitchell is the second Jazz player to test positive for coronavirus following Rudy Gobert.

  • The NBA tells teams that the league will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days, per Bruce Arthur

March 11th

  • The Warriors announce that their game against the Nets at Chase Center on March 12th will be played without fans after the city of San Francisco banned gatherings of 1,000+ for the next two weeks due to coronavirus concerns.

  • Shams Charania reports that Rudy Gobert tests positive for the coronavirus late Wednesday.

  • NBA suspends the season indefinitely.


March 12th

  • NHL suspends the season indefinitely.

March 11th

  • Pittsburgh Penguins announce that their March 14th home game against the NY Islanders will go on as scheduled in front of fans.