April 2020 will always be remembered as a month without sports.
The last time we had an April with no sports was 1883. Granted this only happened because the NBA, NHL and NFL were all at least 30 years away from being founded.
This time of the year should be one of the most action-packed part of the year. Usually the MLB would be in stride, the NBA and NHL in the playoffs, NCAA baseball and softball gearing toward conference tournaments and NFL in optional training camp.
With none of those events going on, it has left sports fans craving and desperately waiting for the return. But unfortunately, there is no clear answer in sight.
Scenarios have been coming up for some of leagues, but nothing seems imminent. Each scenario has seemed like it will be put into action later rather than sooner.
Any sports seem to be at least a month away when the PGA is tentatively projected to return. So far, the golf tour has said they are shooting to return June 11 at the Charles Schwab Invitational with no fans. But even that is still subject to change.
Golf coming back first makes sense. With courses recently reopening around the country, members of the PGA can get back into playing form rather quickly and easily.
With restrictions still in place on the size of gatherings around and some states still under a stay-at-home order, sports seem unlikely until at least June. But the longer and longer the shutdown continues it becomes more and more likely that leagues like the NHL and NBA will not be able to finish their season.
If there is no finish to the NBA season fans will be robbed of the first year in five years without the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. Or Lebron and Anthony Davis’ first playoff run as Los Angeles Lakers. Or a championship for the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo to go along with his MVP award.
No return of the NBA season means no conclusion to Zion Williamson’s and Ja Morant’s stellar rookie campaigns. We may never be able to give Vince Carter the proper send-off.
Since word about Rudy Gobert’s positive test for the coronavirus and the league’s subsequent shutdown, not much has changed around the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver has controversially said that teams in cities with no shelter-in-place order can allow players to practice in team facilities with limitations.
Limitations would include only allowing four players in the facility at a time, with no team practices allowed. This creates a problem for teams that are not able to practice.
For the MLB changes might mean a drastically cut down season with alerted divisions. Right now, the most talked about scenario is a 100-game schedule with new divisions breaking the league into an East, Central and West divisions, with teams playing only interdivisional games.
Games will likely be in played in front of 40,000 empty seats with just essential workers present, at least to start.
College sports are just as much up in the air, especially the upcoming football season. With spring practices canceled and summer practices up in the air teams may not have the time to get players into physical shape.
A month and a half without sports and it seems no one has any definite answers. Fans around the world have been waiting and waiting with no answer to show for it.
When sports return fans will flock to it in a way we have never seen before.
And us fans will be patiently waiting until that day.