Here’s How The Major Sports Are Planning For Life After The Coronavirus

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner’s spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

We’ll start with MLB and the union trying to weigh restart options.

Besides figuring out when the season will actually begin, the MLB has several pressing situations to deal with thanks to the coronavirus.

According to ESPN, officials have been talking to the players union on advancing the players’ pay and coming up with a prorated scale depending on the number of games played.

Non-player employees will need assurances on paychecks at least through April, while cost-cutting measures could come in May.

Minor leaguers also haven’t earned income since last September.

As for the season itself, they have come up with the option of adding more doubleheaders or stretching into November, potentially moving games to warmer cities.

When it comes to the NHL, they are reportedly hoping to resume the season in July! Yes, that’s right, a whole month after the season would normally be over.

Since the NHL season is not officially canceled, league officials hope to resume playing once the coronavirus crisis has passed.

Reportedly they’ve been asking the teams about arena availability in July and August.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie says the NHL is also looking at other scenarios including ice issues if playing continues through the summer and the financial implications of calling it all off this year.

A timeline floating around would see the postseason wrap in September, with the next season kicking off in November.

As for king football, the NFL, just because the season kickoff isn’t until September doesn’t mean the it is completely immune from the impact of the coronavirus.

Starting Wednesday evening, the league will institute mandates related to workplace and operational functions in an effort to stop the further spread of the disease.

All training facilities will be closed except under certain circumstances, which they said is to “ensure that all clubs operate on a level playing field, and that the NFL continues to conduct itself in a responsible way at this time.”

After April 8, officials will consult with medical experts and public health authorities to assess the continuation of the directives.

And as for the draft, well that is a whole different story. But according to different reports, teams and scouts are asking for it to get delayed. But as of now, the Commish is holding strong to the April 23rd-25th dates.

We’ll see how things continue to unfold as the days go on. But one thing is for sure, we can’t wait for things to go back to normal!

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