In fact, if the past 10 days have not shown any signs, the present is becoming more complicated. MLB teams will play at the end of July and a number of players have voiced their opposition. Ryan Zimmerman of Washington Nationals said he would be off for the rest of the season. Zimmerman’s teammate Joe Ross, his former teammate Ian Desmond, currently in Colorado and Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks have also confirmed they won’t play.
And yet, the NBA over the weekend announced that their 16 players were positive for the first sample and some stars said they would be at home when the tournament restarts at the end of July. The MLS, there were 24 positive cases, although may resume next week without the most valuable player.
At PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship golf tournament last week, some golfers withdrew after they or their caddy got a corona positive result. And while the Women’s Soccer League lasted for months in Utah, it started without a whole team, Orlando Pride, after six players and four team staff members infected Covid-19 in preparation.
Risk of cancellation
Looking to Europe, a number of football leagues have been able to restart the season, even in Italy and Spain, two of which were devastated just a few months ago. The difference between Europe and especially Germany, where the Bundesliga has been active again for more than a month, and the US are countries that are more effective at reducing infection rates.
It is worth mentioning that sports officials admit they know well that not all players are comfortable with their plans to return to action. Some athletes have expressed concerns about the health of themselves, or that of a family member. Others wonder what level of the virus causes their long-term health.
Meanwhile, the NFL American football league and the player union are negotiating all these issues. And those discussions included not just the disclaimer but also the decision to close even though nothing has been finalized. Unlike the NBA and other leagues that are trying to complete or resume seasons interrupted by the pandemic, the NFL still has some time left.
The NFL players are not gathered until the end of July in a normal year. At that time, they will have some initial lessons from what other tournaments have gone through.