Coronavirus and the sports world

Juventus game being played in a empty staduim due to CoronaVirus.

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Kaden Fossum, Staff Writer

With the world in panic from the spread of COVID-19, or more known as the Coronavirus, the sports world is taking a huge hit. The World Health Organization is preparing for the next pandemic and doing whatever means to stop the spread of the virus, meaning the cancellation of all sporting events.

Basketball: On March 11, the NBA suspended the rest of their season. Following the news of the first NBA player contracting the virus, the league will be put on a hiatus, meaning the league will pretty much just be put on pause until further notice. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA owners are preparing for the possibility of not resuming the season until late-June or July, with the NBA Finals then being played in August.

March Madness has also officially been canceled, marking this the first year the tournament has not been played since 1939.

“The NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships,” the NCAA said in a statement.

Before cancellation, the NCAA was looking at other possibilities such as not allowing fans to be present at the games. Most Conference tournaments were canceled, along with dozens of colleges shutting down campus and sending students home. It was only a matter of time before the beloved March Madness was canceled too.

Soccer: Soccer is facing its biggest disruption since World War II, which was the last time a major league was suspended. There will be a big knock-on effect in the short term, but the COVID-19 outbreak could have consequences that last for a while in the beautiful game. The premier league, which was recently suspended due to Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi both testing positive for the virus. The league is set to return in following months. Other leagues that have been suspended include:

-Italy’s Serie A has suspended games until April 3

-The UEFA Champions League and Europa League have suspended games and will resume the tournament at a later date.

-Spain’s top league, La Liga, has been suspended until April 3 and the Spanish League Cup final scheduled for April 18 has been postponed.

-Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer games through April 8 have been postponed.

Hockey: On March 12,  the NHL released this official statement:

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the Coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.”

There are 189 games left on the NHL’s regular-season schedule, which is set to conclude April 4. These games will most likely get pushed back to a further date due to the further spread of the COVID-19. There is no word yet on how this will affect the playoffs, and this could lead to the cancellation of the Stanley Cup, which has only happened three times in history,in 1919 due to the Spanish flu, and in 2004-2005 which was lost to a lockout.