- The growing impact of the coronavirus has shuttered the sports world for the foreseeable future.
- Positive diagnoses from staffers, coaches, and even athletes have forced many of the top leagues – including the NBA, NHL, MLB, Premier League, PGA Tour, and more – to suspend their seasons.
- Big events – including the Kentucky Derby, The Masters, and the French Open – have also been impacted, with many getting postponed until the fall.
- Check out our running list of the expected return dates for notable sports leagues and events that have been put on pause due to the ongoing pandemic.
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UFC — May 9
The UFC will host three shows sans fans in Jacksonville, Florida, beginning May 9, per the New York Times.
Bundesliga — May 16
Bundesliga is one of the first major soccer leagues to return from its coronavirus hiatus. The leading German soccer league will kick off sans fans with Matchday 26, featuring a grudge match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. Top-ranked Bayern Munich will hit the pitch the following day against Union Berlin, per CBS Sports.
NASCAR — May 17
Drivers will rev up their engines at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina for NASCAR’s return on May 17. The 400-mile race will air on FOX at 3:30 p.m.
Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity — May 24
Tiger Woods will team up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a powerhouse showdown to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts.
IndyCar — June 6
After the cancellation of multiple earlier events, IndyCar drivers will get back on the track June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway for the Genesys 600, per the Indianapolis Star.
MLS — June 8
On March 15, MLS announced it would suspend its season for 30 days, meaning that the league had hoped to return by April 14. But with the coronavirus situation worsening by the day and the CDC updating its recommendations, MLS pushed the start of its season back to June 8 at the earliest.
Premier League — June 8
There’s still much to be ironed out with individual clubs and players, but England’s top soccer league is scheduled to return June 8 in accordance with its “Project Restart” plans to reboot the league, per Goal.com.
MLB Spring Training — June 10
MLB is closing in on plans to restart spring training on June 10. The league still needs approval on various aspects of the plan, and dates are fluid, but summertime baseball is a real possibility, per Ken Rosenthal.
PGA Tour — June 11
The PGA Tour is set to return on June 11 at the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
La Liga — June 12
Spain’s top soccer league already has its players back on the pitch for training. La Liga’s ultimate goal is to get back to action on June 12, per ESPN.
NWSL — Late June
The world’s leading women’s soccer league – which is based in the US – has already reintroduced players to training facilities for “individual training,” and NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird told Equaliser the league is targeting a late-June reboot.
MLB Regular Season — July 1
MLB is closing in on plans to hold its Opening Day on July 1. The league still needs approval on various aspects of the plan, and dates are fluid, but summertime baseball is a very real possibility.
Formula 1 — July 3
CEO Chase Carey said F1 is eyeing a return in Austria for the first weekend in July.
WTA Tour — July 13
The WTA and ATP have mutually agreed to suspend tennis tournaments through the 2020 grass-court swing. As of now, the first tournament on the women’s side will be the BRD Bucharest Open on July 13.
ATP — June 8
The WTA and ATP have mutually agreed to suspend tennis tournaments through the 2020 grass-court swing. As of now, the first tournament on the men’s side will be the Hamburg European Open on July 13.
LPGA Tour — July 16
The LPGA Tour has been postponed a number of times already, but the latest estimate suggests the tour will return on July 16 in Midland, Michigan.
European Tour — July 30
Golfers on the European Tour will have to wait until the end of July to hit the links again. The tour is expected to resume at the Betfred British Masters beginning July 30.
Kentucky Derby — September 5
For the first time in 75 years, the Kentucky Derby will not be held in May. Instead, “The Run for the Roses” will be held on September 5, according to WDRB.
NFL — September 10
The NFL announced that its public 2020 Draft festivities would be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, and while off-season training camps have been indefinitely delayed, the season itself has yet to be postponed.
French Open — September 20
This year, the Roland-Garros tournament will be pushed back from its usual timing in late spring to September 20.
The Masters — November
The iconic golf event has been rescheduled for November.
Euro 2020 — June 2021
On March 17, UEFA announced it would be postponing Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021.
NBA — TBD
After Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, the NBA indefinitely suspended its season. Since then, several other players – including Nets player Kevin Durant – have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and it appears as though the league may keep its doors shuttered until the fall.
WNBA — TBD
WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert told reporters that the league is aiming to salvage its season by playing in the late summer and into the fall.
NHL — TBD
There’s still no official timeline for a return, but the NHL is toying with the idea of skipping ahead to the playoffs as soon as players can return to the ice.
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