How Coronavirus Is Affecting The World Of Sports
Sports are often a great escape for people struggling with the stresses of life. After a tough day, fans have always had sports to rely on to help them forget about it
It’s been about a month now, or has it been a few years? Hard to tell. The Coronavirus pandemic has swept the nation and the World, and has drastically changed the lives of people everywhere for the time being. But perhaps the biggest void that this new reality has created, is the one left in a World without sports. March madness, the NBA playoffs, MLB’s opening day, the NFL draft, the Summer Olympics, and dozens of other major sporting events have fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some have been canceled, some postponed, and others are still figuring out the path back to playing, all of these major events are for now, not happening, leaving the fans to fend for themselves in this time of need.
Sports are often a great escape for people struggling with the stresses of life. After a tough day, fans have always had sports to rely on to help them forget about it. Whether it’s cheering for a favorite team or player, gambling on games, or just zoning in to a great game and/or performance, there has always been sports. Until now. And with Covid-19 adding extra stress to many of our lives, we need sports now more than ever.
Certain organizations and athletes are doing what they can to keep us entertained, from the NBA’s virtual game of H.O.R.S.E. to numerous viral challenges that are going around, they are trying. But, it just isn’t enough. Many of us are left to wonder who would’ve been in the Final Four, could Tiger pull through with another masterful performance at The Masters, would Lebron James be on his way to his 4th NBA Championship? And unfortunately, some of these questions may never be answered. But, for the first time in weeks, there is a sliver of hope.
The NBA has been in the news the last couple of days while talking about a 25-day camp to resume the NBA season. This is not official yet, but the NBA detailed this plan, which would come in 2 parts: an 11-day process of getting players back in shape, and then a 2-week training camp to ensure that the players are game-ready before proceeding. And although it’s just chatter right now, sports fans can’t help but to hold onto it as hope.
Other events, such as the Olympics and The Masters, have set dates for later in the year and next year, so although we won’t be enjoying them anytime soon, we can at least find some solace in their plans for the future. For now fellow sports fans, there are options for watching old footage such as NBA and NFL subscriptions (free for now), ESPN +, and cable sports channels that are resorting to playing old footage. We are all in this together, and we are all praying for a return of sports, all we can do is wait, and hang in together.