Professional sports across the country put on pause

Every professional sport in the U.S. has been suspended or postponed since March 12. No one is yet certain with what will happen to these sports in the future.

Leading a trend of cancellations, the NBA was the first professional organization to suspend their season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on March 12th.
Some NBA fans were disappointed due to the suspension because of how close it was to playoffs.
“I think I can speak for most NBA fans that once the season was suspended we all felt disappointment, this was the first time in years the league has been balanced and I was looking forward to seeing how the playoffs would play out,” junior Calvin Wellen said.
The NHL then suspended their season on March 12th as well due to COVID-19.
Some Flyers fans were disappointed because of how well the team began doing.
“The Flyers were finally a good team with the young talent on the roster, making a surge for the playoffs,” junior Nick Sotos said.
Following these two professional sports teams, the NCAA canceled their men and womens basketball tournaments. This means no March Madness this year.
“Every year I look forward to doing brackets with my friends and this year I would’ve been able to watch Ohio State play in it so it’s a let down that it was cancelled,” Wellen said. “I can’t imagine what it feels like for the seniors who are now ineligible and have played their last college game and possibly their last game playing basketball at that level.”
MLB suspended their spring training on March 13, which is now postponing the MLB season.
“I miss the MLB season the most, I miss the thrill of going to the stadium with my friends and watching my favorite team,” Donovan Catholic junior Andrew Castro said.
There are some different possible scenarios about what MLB will do for this season.
One scenario is that the teams will play their games at their training camps in Florida and Arizona, teams would break down into the Grapefruit League and Cactus League, opposed to NL and AL.
According to Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci, another scenario could be that “teams will play division rivals in home-and-home series (seven games vs. each, including one doubleheader) and a three-game series against opponents in the like division of the opposite league (NL East vs. AL East, etc.).
“That gives you a 43-game ‘season,’” Vrducci said.
According to CBS Sport reporter Mike Axisa, sports leagues are making exceptions regarding free agents due to the coronavirus.
“Players who are scheduled to become free agents following the 2020 season will still become free agents even if the season is canceled,” Axisa said.
MLBs London Series games set to play in mid June between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have also been canceled for this year.
“The MLB only had a two year agreement and this year is the last year [for the London Series games],” baseball fan Joseph O’Connor said. “There are no plans for any further games.”
The UFC 249 set to take place in New York, has been canceled for this year.
“I was looking forward to the main event which was Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov because they are the best in their divisions and they have some bad blood,” junior Jose Coronado said.