Sports Coronarvirus Updates
- The British government gives the British Premier League the okay to start playing again on June 1.
- MLB announces it is shortening its draft from 40 rounds to 5.
- On a conference call with players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that the league can wait until June before deciding whether or not to come back. He also says fans may not be allowed to enter arenas through next season.
- On the eve of UFC 249, scheduled for May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida, Ronaldo "J'Acare" Souza, who was scheduled to fight in the event, tests positive for coronavirus. The event will proceed as scheduled.
- German Bundesliga announces its return in late May.
- The NFL, which had been scheduled to play four games in London and one game in Mexico City this fall, announces those games will be played in the United States.
- Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announces a plan to get fans in the stands while abiding by social distancing guidelines.
- The NBA Draft Lottery and Draft Combine, scheduled for mid-May, are postponed.
- The Little League World Series, scheduled for August, is canceled.
- The NBA postpones a plan to reopen team facilities until May 8; facilities were originally scheduled to open May 1 with severe social distancing limitations.
- The NFL holds the first round of its draft virtually, with no major technical issues.
- The NHL is reportedly planning to resume its season in July without fans, in several remote locations.
- NASCAR is reportedly planning to run in Texas without fans "in the near future."
- The PGA Tour announces a plan to return in mid-June without fans.
- Broncos linebacker Von Miller tests positive for the coronavirus.
- Rams center Brian Allen becomes the first NFL player to test positive for the coronavirus.
- The Tour de France, scheduled for July, is postponed.
- MLB agrees to participate in an antibody study which will try to gauge the spread of the coronavirus.
- The NHL is listening to offers from multiple neutral-site cities to host the playoffs, according to ESPN.
- MLB is reportedly working on a plan to sequester all 30 teams in the greater Phoenix area and try to play the season in Arizona without fans.
- A third player on the NHL's Colorado Avalanche tests positive for the coronavirus.
- The PGA Tour announces new dates for three of its majors; the PGA Championship will take place Aug. 6-9, the U.S. Open will take place Sept. 17-20 and the Masters will be held Nov. 12-15.
- Golf's Open Championship, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George's in England, is canceled.
- The NFL confirms that it will hold the 2020 Draft — scheduled for Apr. 23-25 in Las Vegas — virtually.
- ESPN reports that the NBA is "angling" towards a deal to cancel the season.
- Wimbledon, tennis' most prestigious tournament, is canceled for the first time since World War II.
- MLB cancels a June London series between the Cubs and the Cardinals.
- The Chinese government restricts the resumption of team sports, delaying the previously-scheduled return of the Chinese Basketball Association.
- The National Hockey League (NHL) extends players' self-isolation periods until April 15.
- The city of Toronto bans public gatherings through the end of June, which could affect the return of the NBA, NHL and MLB, considering all three leagues have a team in Toronto.
- USA Rugby files for bankruptcy due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Knicks owner James Dolan tests positive for the coronavirus.
- The Indianapolis 500, originally scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, is postponed until August 23, the latest the event has ever been held.
- The 2020 Summer Olympics are postponed until July 2021.