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How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting sports around the globe

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events and affecting sports around the globe. One of the biggest developments is that Japan and the International Olympic Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo until next year.

As of Tuesday evening, there have been at least 1.4M confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to CBS News, and more than 81,000 people have died worldwide due to the virus. In addition, multiple states are under a state of emergency politicians from the local to federal level along with public health officials are recommending large gatherings of people -- including sporting events -- in coronavirus hotspots be canceled or closed to the public.

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  • Major League Baseball will not start the 2020 season until at least mid-May, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, March 16. The league initially suspended operations, including spring training, on Thursday, March 12. The league is not shutting down spring training sites entirely, but many players have left camps in Arizona and Florida. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26.



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  • The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is postponed until September. 



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The NHL and NHLPA are finalizing the playoff format that will cap off the shortened 2019-20 season. All four playoff rounds will be a best-of-7 series and the play-in round will be a best-of-5 series. Following the conclusion of each round, the teams will be re-seeded.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA Board of Governors agreed to a plan that will allow the league to finish out the 2019-20 season in Orlando. The decision was met by a 29-1 vote and needed three-fourths of the owners' votes to pass. The NBA Players Association will hold a call on Friday to finalize the format, which will have 22 teams qualify for the postseason.

The NHL has sent out a 29-page memo announcing that the league will be moving onto Phase 2 of its return to play plan in early June. A maximum of six players are allowed to work out at team facilities. Player workouts are voluntary and teams can't require players to return to playing cities as of right now.

The 2020 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, originally scheduled to take place on Aug. 29 in Springfield, Mass., could be moved back to a later date once larger gatherings are allowed. The Hall of Fame is targeting Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 9-11) as a possible date, or even next spring if necessary. The 2020 Hall of Fame class has already been considered the best in history, and is headlined by Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings.

Georgetown Hoyas coach Patrick Ewing announced Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The former Knicks player is reportedly isolated at a local hospital.

The NCAA Council voted to lift a moratorium on athletic-related activities for football, and men's and women's basketball on Wednesday, but announced on Friday that that moratorium would extend to all Division I sports.

On Tuesday, the New York Racing Association announced that the Belmont Stakes has been rescheduled for June 20. The race will serve as the first leg of the Triple Crown and will be shortened to 1 1/18 miles rather than the traditional 1 1/2 miles.

The NWHL announced Friday that the 2020 Isobel Cup Final between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps is cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ironman Kona World Championships have been postponed from its original Oct. 10 date to February 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced that its Junior National Volleyball Championships will still be held on June 16-28 in Orlando. 

The organization will be taking several precautions as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, though. They include: no neutral spectators, no international teams, no handshakes, temperature checks at each section of the tournament, and there will not be an opening ceremony for the event.

USA Gymnastics announced that they won't hold national championships in 2020. The organization plans to announce new dates for Olympic Trials in 2021.

On Monday, the American Hockey League, which is the NHL's top minor league affiliate, announced that the Board of Governors voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and Calder Cup playoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions," AHL President and CEO David Andrews said in a press release.

"The League's operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season."

The French Open could take place without fans in attendance this year, according to French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Slam tournament was postponed until Sept. 20-Oct. 4, but could be pushed back another week.

"Organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning, (like) television rights and partnerships. It's not to be overlooked," Giudicelli said. "We're not ruling any option out."

The Turkish volleyball league's season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag announced that no team will be crowned champion this year. The league had originally suspended play on March 20.

The NHL has announced that the league is postponing all of its 2020 international games. The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets were supposed to face off in a pair of games in Helsinki, Finland later in the season.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced on Thursday that the state is working towards reopening on May 15. However, large public gatherings such as sporting events, concerts, and festivals won't be happening. In addition, large gatherings are canceled through the end of September.

Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie is asking Canada's federal government for $30 million in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The CFL hasn't had any revenue in six weeks. The league was originally scheduled to begin on June 11, but pushed their start date back until September.

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There will be no sporting events in France before September. It's worth noting that the Tour de France is scheduled to begin on August 29 after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he could see a scenario in which Major League Baseball games are played at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field at some point this season.

"But if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? I'd love to watch." Cuomo said.

Cuomo noted that the economics would have to work without gate revenue and instead with broadcast revenue:

"It would have to be up to them, that they do an economic analysis that says, yeah, some revenue is better than no revenue, and my players are willing to negotiate a contract reduction," Cuomo said. "Everybody has to think outside the box, right? Because there is no box."

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