NHL Aiming For July Restart, MLB Anticipates Return This Season
There might be a glimmer of hope for sports fans as reports Wednesday suggested the NHL is looking at a potential restart of the 2019-2020 season around the middle of July with games being played without fans at four to five arenas to limit travel concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
In an ESPN report Greg Wyshinski notes the league is looking at regional NHL arenas, aligned by division.
"Instead, the league is looking at regional NHL arenas, aligned by division, where teams could potentially finish their seasons. Sources tell ESPN that the current favorites are the home rinks for theCarolina Hurricanes (Metro Division),Edmonton Oilers (Pacific Division) and Minnesota Wild (Central Division). A frontrunner from the Atlantic Division has yet to emerge." - Greg Wyshysnki, ESPN
Any potential restart to the season would also need to include a time period for teams to have a mini training camp before the actual games can resume, which lines up for games returning at some point in July. This would also mean the stay-at-home orders would need to be lifted as well, which many expect to last through the end of May.
The NHL would be the first to return of the four major American sports leagues. On Tuesday MLB sources reported to ESPN's Jeff Passan that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, "anticipates baseball will return this season".
Along with the MLB and the NHL, the PGA Tour announced it will return to action with the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Texas in mid-June.
UFC President Dana White, has set a return date for May 9.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver last spoke to reporters on April 17th, but does not have a timetable for a potential return.
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