Professional sports has been returning in North America, and July could see virtually every major sports league returning to competition. Major League Baseball sorted out its issues for 2020, and on Tuesday announced plans for the regular season to start either July 23rd or 24th.
A lot could change over the next month due to Covid-19, but if current plans continue on pace, the end of July could see competitive games for MLB, and the NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLS, and NWSL. With the NFL tentatively starting training camp the last week of July, August could bring us competitive games across every notable professional sports league in America.
Here’s what the current schedule looks like:
June 27: NWSL starts Challenge Cup
July 8: MLS starts MLS Is Back Tournament
July 23 or 24: MLB starts regular season
July 24: WNBA starts regular season
July 28: 26 NFL teams report to training camp
July 30: NBA starts playoffs
Late July: NHL starts playoff qualifying round
This all assumes the Covid-19 pandemic does not create additional hurdles, and as the past few months have shown, that is unpredictable. Each league has developed health and safety protocols, but it would be a shock if each league did not have any cases of the coronavirus during their restarts. The next step will be seeing how they react to that as seasons approach and/or competitive games are underway.