The world is facing huge healthcare and economic decisions due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. This is resulting in large segments of the population starting to self-isolate or have a quarantine of some sort imposed upon them.
This is impacting sports in a significant way, although it varies by sports league. Some leagues are suspending play, while others are having events without fans in attendance. This is a fluid situation, with leagues changing their strategies by the day.
The NCAA tournament has been cancelled
The NCAA announced on Thursday, March 12th that the NCAA tournament and all other winter and spring championships have been cancelled.
Today, 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.
The PGA Tour will continue to operate without fans
The PGA Tour announced Thursday afternoon that it will continue as schedule despite the coronavirus outbreak, though fans will not be allowed to attend events. This policy will begin with THE PLAYERS Championship on Friday.
The NBA suspended its season on Wednesday night
Following a few cancellations Wednesday night, the NBA decided to suspend play indefinitely. Reports from Vincent Goodwill and Bruce Arthur have the suspension lasting at least 30 days with a re-evaluation at that point.
The XFL is suspending play
Pro Football Talk and other sources are reporting the league has told players it is suspending play.
NHL suspends play with hopes to resume in future
The NHL announced Thursday afternoon that play will be suspended, though the hope is that the League will resume at some point this season for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The League canceled practices and morning skates earlier in the day and sent home any officials on the road at the time.
The MLS is suspending its season
La Liga has suspended play
After Real Madrid established a quarantine, La Liga decided to suspend play due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The next two matches have been suspended and afterward the situation will be reevaluated.
Serie A has suspended play
With the entire country of Italy seemingly on lockdown, Serie A was suspended for the time being. The schedule for the season runs through May 24 and there’s no word on whether play will resume anytime soon.
MLB announces Opening Day suspended at least two weeks
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NASCAR to run next two races without fans
The league will re-assess future scheduling from there.
PGA Tour cancels PLAYERS and next three tournaments
The PGA announced on Thursday, March 12th, that they were canceling currently ongoing THE PLAYERS Championship, and the next three tournaments — the Valspar Championship at Copperhead in Palm Harbor, Florida, the World Golf Championships event at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. The next scheduled tournament after the canceled tourneys is the Masters Tournament April 9-12.