Quarantine Sports

Mike McGarrigle

With quarantine still in effect, in fact now, for over two months, it’s odd to spend all this time at home. But what’s even stranger, is having to watch pro bowling reruns on television. That’s right, with this quarantine, all athletes are doing the same thing we are, staying inside. In this article, I’ll be going over the basis of what exactly is happening with big profesional sports such as, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB.


The first major sport I will be covering will be the NFL. The NFL has already released their season’s schedules and have done the NFL draft virtually. So it seems as though there is no stopping them from playing, however it is still not clear as to whether or not the season will begin on schedule, or if it will be postponed or canceled. There is not much to say about the NFL at this time as we have not been given much information on what is happening.


Next for the NBA, there is a bit more to cover here then there was for the National Football League. To start, the NBA’s season has been postponed as of March, the Centers for Disease control have suggested that the league be shut down for approximately eight weeks. Says Chris Mannix, “A full postseason will likely push the NBA calendar into August and I’m dying to see what the ratings look like.”(Sports Illustrated.com). So as of right now, we cannot, with full certainty, say what is next for the NBA.


As for the NHL, back in March of 2020, Commissioner Gary Bettman gave a statement, “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.” Now this information is similar to the NBA in that the NHL was partially through the season and had to freeze their games until further notice. They also do not have a definite point of returning.


As for the MLB, they have suspended the remaining spring training games and have had to push their opening day, which was supposed to be March 26th. When it will be is not clear as of yet, however it is said that the MLB has been constructing some contingency plans. The league is willing to be flexible, however they still very much hope that they can resume their season as soon as possible.


So as you can see, we do not have a great amount of information as to what the future holds, however it seems none of the leagues has really canceled yet, meaning they still plan to begin or resume their seasons at some point this year. However, clearly all the seasons will be a bit of a schedule as we do not exactly see too much of an end in sight on the social distancing front, but we can all hope that soon enough, life, sports, and most everything else, will return to normal.