The COVID-19 epidemic has paralyzed global sports almost completely and huge marquee events like March Madnesshave been canceled. All major leagues including NBA and NHL have suspended their seasons and MLB postponed the start of the season by two weeks on Thursday.
The following leagues/events have been affected:
2020 Olympic Games – Postponed until 2021
March Madness – canceled
NBA – suspended
NHL – suspended
MLS – suspended for 30 days
MLB – season postponed for 2 weeks
Golf – Players’ Championship canceled after 1st round
F1 – Australian and Vietnam GPs canceled
Europe: Soccer leagues and ice hockey leagues have been canceling their seasons
International: Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships canceled
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has officially postponed the Copa Americana until 2021. The African Football Federation postponed indefinitely the African Nations Championship.
The postponing of these big events comes with the Russian league also canceling its soccer matches. Until last weekend, they were the best-attended soccer events still running
Not even animal events have weathered this pandemic. The Kentuck Derby has been postponed until September. This is one of the world’s biggest betting events.
Meanwhile, we are all holding our breath for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this Summer.
March Madness matches will be closed for spectators and NBA season has been suspended due to the global Coronavirus pandemic known as COVID-19.
The pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China, has spread to over 100 countries and threatens to cancel the rest of the season for many big US and International sports leagues.
March Madness matches, which are scheduled to start next week (17 March), are still scheduled to go on, but the stands in the arenas will be empty. This is an attempt to control the spreading of the virus by canceling events that cause big crowds to form in one place.
What does this mean for betting?
If no matches are played, there will be no betting either. We spoke with GT Bets to find out what this situation means for betting and if NBA bets are still standing. They said that the issue is pending – for now.
European leagues suspended – the US to follow?
Europe seems to be a little ahead of the US in terms of the spreading, so we can see what happens in Europe and use that to project what could happen here in the US.
An English Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal was postponed on Wednesday 11 March after a couple of Arsenal players self-quarantined themselves because they had come into contact with somebody who had later been tested positive for the infection.
Norwegian, German and Czech ice hockey leagues, among others, have already canceled the rest of their season completely.
International tournaments are likely to be canceled
The Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship Tournament has been canceled and there have been talks that the same will be done for the men’s tournament, which is scheduled to be played in Switzerland in May.
San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL will also play their home games without fans after their local authorities banned all large public events. We will see if NHL will follow NBA and suspend or even cancel at least the rest of the regular season.