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Here are the major sports that are ramping back up again despite the pandemic

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization continue to recommend social distancing and discourage events of any kind, the sports industry is eager to move forward with a summer and fall schedule. 

Some leagues have postponed or canceled their seasons. The Olympics are delayed until July 23, 2021. Major Baseball League postponed the start of its 2020 season. The National Basketball Association suspended its season on March 11 with no new date scheduled for resumption, while the Women’s National Basketball Association’s May 15 start date has been indefinitely delayed. 

But other sports have decided to move forward with their planned 2020 seasons. These are the sports that plan to host games in 2020. 

Football 

The NFL released its 2020 schedule on May 7. The season will kick off on Sept. 10, with every stadium having its own policies on how many fans will get to attend games. The Miami Dolphins, for example, will only play to 15,000 fans at home, or 25% of Hard Rock Stadium’s capacity. 

Combat sports 

The UFC became the first U.S. sport to stage an event after the COVID-19 outbreak, hosting a fight in an empty arena on May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida. Two more fight cards are scheduled for May 13 and 16. 

Boxing will resume in Mexico on June 6 without a live audience. 

Soccer 

The German soccer league Bundesliga is on track to be the first major soccer league in the world to return. The German Football Association says it plans to host its first game on May 16 and complete the season by June 30. The league will play without an audience since mass gatherings are still banned in Germany. 

Tennis 

The French Open has been rescheduled to Sept. 20 from its original start date in May and might be closed to fans. The U.S. Open is still scheduled for Aug. 31 and still has tickets for sale on its website. Wimbledon, set to run from June 29-July 12, has been canceled for the first time since World War II

Golf tournaments 

The PGA Tour will resume on June 11. The Tour says it plans to keep players safe by housing them all in one hotel, testing for COVID-19 regularly, and enforcing social distancing. The PGA Championship plans to begin on August 6, the U.S. Open on Sept. 17, the Ryder Cup on Sept. 22, and the Masters (which is usually scheduled for April) on Nov. 12. 

Auto racing 

After suspending races on March 8, NASCAR will return on May 17. NASCAR says there will be no fans in attendance, and there will be limited personnel for each team.  

The IndyCar series will begin on June 6. The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled to August. The Formula One season has been postponed and says it plans to resume sometime in the summer

Baseball 

Although MLB isn’t playing yet in 2020, U.S. fans can now watch the Korean Baseball Organization on ESPN. The KBO kicked off its season on May 4 with an empty stadium. ESPN will broadcast six live KBO games per week, using an English broadcast done by announcers in the U.S.

Cycling 

The Tour De France has been rescheduled to Aug. 29 from its original June date.

Running 

The Boston Marathon is postponed to Sept. 14 and the London Marathon to Oct. 4.

Horse Racing 

The Belmont remains scheduled for June 6 but will not have a live audience. The Kentucky Derby, which runs the first Saturday of May, is rescheduled to Sept. 5. The Preakness has been postponed with no new date released. 

Sources: CDC, WHONew York Times, ESPN, Palm Beach Post, CBS Sports, Golf.com, NASCAR, Seattle Times, Cycling Times, Forbes


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