You know what is going on. How could you not?
The NCAA decided on Wednesday that fans will not be allowed at tournament games. Each team will be given 125 tickets. Games will likely be moved from large facilities to smaller venues in the same cities.
Shortly after the NCAA made its decision, conference tournaments followed suit. The Big 12 and others decided that starting Thursday fans will not be admitted to games but the games will be played.
Later Wednesday evening, the NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder players were placed in quarantine.
Shortly after the NBA made its decision, the NHL sent out a release that it was aware of the NBA’s decision and that they are talking with medical experts and would have more information on their plans on Thursday.
So, right now, if you want to go to a professional sporting event you can go to an MLB Spring Training game, an XFL game (some), an NHL game (some) or a NASCAR race. Of course, by the time you read this all of this could be outdated. That’s how quick things are changing right now.
I’m not even certain that the NCAA tournament will be played. I’m not certain that the conference tournaments will be finished. There is a lot of uncertainty right now.
Kansas City vs Cleveland
The Royals were rained out Wednesday.
Danny Duffy and Brady Singer will both pitch in this game. I’m not sure which is starting but I would guess Singer (but it could be Duffy).
– There hasn’t been any word from Major League Baseball about the rest of Spring Training or the regular season.
– Sporting KC’s game in San Jose on Saturday, March 21 had been postponed because of a Santa Clara County mandate banning all gatherings 1,000 or more people. We haven’t heard anything yet about any changes to any other Sporting Kansas City games.
IN THE NEWS…
– Russell Okung hired a lawyer and might sue the NFLPA and try to get a stay with the NFLPA vote on the CBA.
– The Seattle Mariners will not play home games in March because of a ban on large gatherings by the governor of Washington. The ban prevents gatherings of more than 250 people.
TODAY: Who knows which games will actually be played? Kansas is scheduled to play Oklahoma State at around 2:00 pm but who knows if the games will be played?
PODCAST: I will be recording the next podcast tonight. The only thing I know I will be talking about at this time is the effect of the coronavirus on sports. It’s an unfortunate topic that needs to be addressed by a thinking fan, so I will.
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