Return of Sports: How Close are We?

We are all hoping for the return of sports before too long, so here is the current state of play and which sports hope to make an early return to action.

Liverpool Premier League player celebrates a goal

It feels like a lifetime since we were able to sit behind the television and watch some live sport, whether it be the battle for the Premier League title or the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Fortunately, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel with the return of sports being spoken of sooner rather than later, even if it means a lack of crowd for a while.

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Football

Bundesliga player celebrates a goal

Unfortunately, the Premier League is still up in the air with regards to returning to complete the season.

Clubs near the bottom of the league aren’t happy with the prospect of suffering relegation without the advantages playing at home could have.

A mid-June start seems likely however the Premier League has a lot of work to do to ensure that all clubs are on board with their plans.

In more positive news, the Bundesliga is set to return on 22 May, being the first major league in Europe to return.

However, the leagues in France, Holland and Belgium were already cancelled with PSG and Club Brugge awarded their respective titles, however Ajax were denied with no promotion or relegation in Holland.

UEFA are also hoping to complete the final few rounds of the Champions League in August, while Euro 2020 won’t be going ahead until the summer of 2021.

England are currently 5/1 favourites to win the Euro’s for the first-time next year.

Horse Racing

As with football in England, horse racing doesn’t have a definite timeframe for returning, however it’s likely it will be back sooner than football with a possible return at some point in May.

Racing in Ireland is still in the discussion stages and we are none the wiser whether it could return this month or next.

However, we could have racing return as soon as 11 May with Longchamp being given the go ahead behind closed doors.

US racing has had a small number of races going ahead but Santa Anita and Churchill Downs look set to return this month.

Cricket

England cricketer Eoin Morgan smiling at a press conference hoping for the return of sports

It is becoming a real possibility that we will see absolutely no cricket this English summer.

The County Championship and One Day Cup should be in the early stages with the T20 Blast and new competition The Hundred coming later in the summer.

Unfortunately, we may not see any of these until 2021.

The IPL should be nearing the semi-finals however it was cancelled completely back in March.

The T20 World Cup takes place in Australia in the winter and is currently scheduled to go ahead, but this could quickly change.

Tennis

There will definitely be no ATP tennis until 13 July, however this could be delayed even longer.

We could be waiting until August for tennis to return, and then there’ll be a rush to fit events around major tournaments.

The French Open was suspended with plans to reschedule when safe to do so, and the US Open, which usually takes place in August and September, is planned to go ahead.

Wimbledon, on the other hand, was cancelled and won’t be rescheduled.

Golf

Golfer Rory McIlroy looks for where his ball will end up

Back in April, it was announced the PGA Tour is set to restart in June with the Charles Schwab Classic.

Many doubt this will be achievable, however there has been no update since so it seems golf is on course to return then.

The British Masters have their fingers crossed with a planned start date at the end of July.

This years Open Championship was cancelled, the USPGA has been rescheduled to August, the US Open for September and the Masters for November.

Rory McIlroy is currently 6/1 favourite to win his first green jacket at the Masters, assuming it does go ahead as planned.

Rugby

We were well into this year’s Six Nations before the remaining games were postponed, but we could see it return later in the year.

Nothing seems to be finalised at the moment, but rugby seems to be the most affected with rumours swirling there may not be competitive matches at all until 2021.

Even if rugby does return, it’s highly likely the matches will be behind closed doors.

American Sports

Patrick Mahomes of the KC Chiefs preparing to throw the ball

The NBA were heading towards the end of their regular season and onto the play-offs before it was disrupted.

Their plan is to resume the season, and not cancel, however there are currently no plans in place.

NFL ended their season in February and aren’t planned to return until September, so it could be one of the only sports to remain unaffected.

The draft went ahead at the end of April and we analysed the draft and what it meant for the season ahead.

Baseball is also on an indefinite break but the MLB has vowed to hold as many games as they can.

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