With COVID-19 hitting the United States, nearly every major sports organization has cancelled or postponed events. Here is a quick summary of where we stand, as far as sports are concerned, at the local, state, and national levels:
“IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Postponed Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled. Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately. Saturday’s girls gymnastics state finals at Worthen Arena in Muncie will continue as scheduled with no spectators in attendance. Competition will begin at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT.”
"NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities."
Colleges and universities are shutting down classes all over the country. That includes Notre Dame, which announced this week that they’ve suspended all in-person classes and will go to on-line classes through at least April 13th.
Father Jenkins also announced that effective immediately through April 13, organizers of University-sponsored, in-person events are asked to avoid, if possible, events that bring larger numbers of people together in close proximity. Notre Dame will continue to monitor athletics activities and make decisions in the best interests of our students and fans, in consultation with public health and Atlantic Coast Conference officials.
And...Fighting Irish football coach Brian Kelly suspended spring football practice and announced that the football team is not to return to campus for the foreseeable future...
“In alignment with the University of Notre Dame’s decision to suspend in-person classes and the Athletic Department’s decision to suspend activities for teams not in their competitive season, I have asked our student-athletes not to return to campus until further notice. With our student-athletes’ health and well-being at the forefront of our decision making, and given the rapidly changing environment surrounding COVID-19, this is best for all the members of the Notre Dame Football family. In addition, we will not be hosting any recruits or recruiting activities on campus until further notice.
Father Jenkins and the university leadership team put a great deal of thought into the plan they laid out for Notre Dame and I agree that our football student-athletes should take the same precautions in an effort to reduce the likelihood of the transmission of the virus.”
March 11, 2020 – The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, the game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.
The NBA is suspending game play until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
Major League Baseball is delaying the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Thursday.
MLB also said in a statement that spring training games have been suspended, starting at 4 p.m. ET Thursday.
"In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games.
"The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night's news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus—and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point—it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.
"We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions—including by self-quarantine, where appropriate. Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
So, not sure what to do during quarantine? How about a couple top ten binge watching lists? Just make sure you have stock in Netflix or Hulu or another streaming service. Or pick up a new hobby and start playing video games. Call of Duty perhaps?
In no particular order, and selected largely because it was a series of movies…
- Star Wars Saga (toss in Clone Wars animated if you have time)
- Indiana Jones (sans Crystal Skull)
- Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan edition)
- Lord of the Rings
- Back to the Future
- The Mighty Ducks
- Jurassic Park
- Toy Story
- Any ESPN 30 for 30
- Ted Bundy Tapes
- Wild Wild Country
- Last Chance U
- Free Solo
- The Barkley Marathon
- Amanda Knox
- The Office
- Parks and Rec
- Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul
- Friday Night Lights
- Peaky Blinders
- It’s Always Sunny
Wash your hands! Be safe! Stay Sharp!