American Sports Canceled Until Coronavirus Concerns Level Off

The world is in a tough place this week, it truly is.  We sit scared in our homes, wondering if this really is the big one; the plague that sends us back into a depression, or leads us to war.

Coronavirus has a stately ring to it.  The name has a sort of finality too.  After all, it’s been with humans for decades.  It just so happens that this particular, bat-borne strain of the illness is pretty nasty for older folks, and likes to spread aggressively.

Lucky for us, the virus itself is simple to beat.  We just need to take a little time off from one another, and let COVID-19 starve outside of large crowds and packed airliners.  We all need to head back home for a week or two, avoid each other when we’re sick, and wash our damn hands.

And this is America, where we have endless entertainment opportunities at our fingertips.  There’s Netflix for movies.  Maybe YouTube for some silly cat videos to lighten the mood.

Unfortunately, however, there’ll be very few sports to watch.

The NBA has suspended its entire season until further notice after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus.

The test result was reported shortly before the Jazz were to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was immediately canceled and the affected player was not in the arena, according to an NBA statement.

As the legendary infomercial guru Billy Mays use to say, “but wait, there’s more”.

The NCAA announced Thursday it has canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments over the coronavirus outbreak.

Major League Baseball announced Thursday it will cancel the rest of spring training and delay the start of the regular season for at least two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak.

MLB followed in the footsteps of the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer in deciding to put their seasons on hold. The NBA and NHL both suspended their seasons.

I suppose this would be an excellent time to stock up on some books.  First, you’ll have something to read as we wait for baseball to come back.  Secondly, given how Americans have gone wild for toilet paper as of late, any completed tomes could double as emergency tissue.