The Sports-less World
Updated: Apr 11, 2020
Late on March 11th, the NBA announced something so unprecedented that, for a time, I couldn’t even believe it. After Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus, the NBA announced that the season would be suspended indefinitely.
The next day, however, was when all hell broke loose. The NHL followed the NBA, suspending the rest of their season. The MLB suspended spring training and pushed back opening day. The PGA cancelled the Players Championship, the NCAA cancelled all spring sports and winter sports championships, even March Madness. And, as of writing, while the Premier League is still alive, but multiple players and coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, likely leading to a suspension in the coming days.
That’s not even everything; most major sports leagues, both professional and amateur, have taken action and cancelled or postponed their seasons. But it’s impossible for me to list every league that’s made a decision on the matter.
Today, on March 13th, America will be experiencing something they’ve haven’t experienced in a long, long time. For the first day in God knows how long, no major sports will be played in the United States.
While big sports fans will point out that the MLB All-Star break carves out a few days of sports-free time, it’s clear that this scenario is a little bit different. Also, during that break, we have the promise of sports coming back in just a few short days. Right now, all we have is complete uncertainty about what happens in the future.
So...what do we do now?
We’ve never had something even remotely like this happen before. It’s already hard enough for me to get through a few days without watching a sports game, let alone a few months. There’s really not much we can do except sit and wait for something, anything to happen.
I’m not going to give anyone false hope. It pains me to say this, but there’s a good chance that it will be a few months before we start to get any major sports back at all. We have to stay strong and stay united as sports fans.
Watch old games. Look at highlights. Find a new sport to love and learn everything you can about it. But whatever you do, don’t forget why you love sports. Maybe I’m completely wrong and this will blow over in just a week or two, but at the rate things are going right now, I’m not too optimistic.
Maybe it sounds stupid, but sports unites people across generations, social circles, physical boundaries, and so much more. This isn’t a eulogy to sports--not yet. Sports will probably not last forever, but I promise: it will not end with a whisper, but with a bang.