The coronavirus pandemic has forced countries into lockdown, affected nearly every corner of the globe and has the entire planet’s population taking precautions to avoid spreading the disease.
One of the many industries affected by the outbreak has been sports, where some professional leagues suspended their seasons while others have cancelled theirs altogether. While traditionally a form of distraction from the rest of the world, sports were an early casualty of the virus and fans have been forced to cope without them.
Once the dominoes began to fall, it wasn’t long before the rest followed. Here’s a timeline of all the effects coronavirus has had on the world of sports.
Tuesday, March 10
-- Ivy League becomes the first NCAA conference to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, naming the Yale men’s team and Princeton women’s the champions of their respective sides of the conference.
Wednesday, March 11
-- The XFL announces that its game between the Seattle Dragons and Los Angeles Wildcats scheduled for Sunday will be played without fans.
-- MLB reportedly considers using alternate sites for games.
-- The Warriors announce they will play their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday without fans in attendance.
-- Ohio governor Mike DeWine announces that the NCAA Tournament First Four, to be held in Dayton, will be played without fans.
-- March Madness (both the men’s and women’s tournaments) will be played without fans, the NCAA announces.
-- Juventus defender Daniele Rugani becomes the first known professional athlete to test positive for coronavirus.
-- The Big Ten announces both its men’s basketball tournament and upcoming spring seasons will be closed to fans.
-- The ACC closes its conference tournament to fans.
-- The Pac-12 closes its conference tournament to fans.
-- The SEC closes its conference tournament to fans.
-- Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert becomes the first known American professional athlete to test positive for coronavirus. After Utah’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was suspended, the NBA announces that all basketball would be put on hold following Wednesday night’s games in light of the pandemic.
-- Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg is taken to the hospital midway through a Big Ten tournament game after showing physical signs of illness on the bench. He’s later diagnosed with the flu.
-- The Big East closes its conference tournament to fans.
Thursday, March 12
-- ATP announces play will be suspended for six weeks.
-- Jazz guard Donavan Mitchell is the only other Utah player to test positive for coronavirus after Gobert was reportedly “careless” with teammates’ belongings in the locker room.
-- The Redskins become the first NFL team to suspend travel for coaches and scouts. The rest of the league follows suit before league advises all teams have their staff work from home wherever possible.
-- MLS announces play will be suspended for 30 days.
-- The AAC cancels its conference basketball tournament.
-- The Big 10 cancels its conference tournament.
-- PGA Tour events will continue without fans, the league announces.
-- Conference USA cancels its conference tournament.
-- The WAC cancels its conference tournament.
-- The SEC cancels its conference tournament.
-- The ACC cancels its conference tournament.
-- The Pac-12 cancels the rest of its conference tournament.
-- The Big 12 cancels its conference tournament.
-- The A-10 cancels its conference tournament.
-- The Big East cancels its conference tournament.
-- NASCAR announces that it will host its upcoming races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans.
-- After issuing a league-wide mandate to cancel morning skates and team meetings, the NHL officially pauses its season.
-- MLB announces that the rest of spring training will be cancelled with Opening Day pushed back two weeks. The World Baseball Classic qualifiers and minor leagues have been put on hold as well.
-- Duke becomes the first university to suspend all athletics, announcing that it will not play in the NCAA basketball tournament even if it’s held. Kansas, projected to be the top seed in the tournament, later does the same.
-- The NFL announces that its Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 29 through April 1, will be cancelled.
-- All remaining winter and spring NCAA sporting events are canceled, putting an end to all affected seasons. The NCAA later announced that spring athletes would retain a year of eligibility as a result.
-- The XFL cancels the rest of the 2020 season.
-- The Players Championship will be among the events cancelled by the PGA, the league announces. All events through the Valero Texas Open will be removed from the schedule.
Friday, March 13
-- Arsenal FC manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms. The club announces no players or staff members will be tested as a result of Arteta’s diagnosis.
-- The Premiere League will be postponed until April 3 at the earliest.
-- The Masters, scheduled for April 9-12, will be the fifth PGA Tour event to be impacted by coronavirus after Augusta National announces that the event will be postponed.
-- Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love became the first athlete to pledge financial support for arena event staff, donating $100,000 to workers at Quicken Loans Arena.
-- The Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, is postponed indefinitely.
-- NASCAR postpones its upcoming races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
-- The NFL bars teams from meeting with draft prospects in person.
-- The NCAA reportedly suspends all recruiting for its programs until April 15.
Saturday, March 14
-- Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood is tests positive for coronavirus, one week after facing the Jazz, to become the third NBA player to contract the disease.
Sunday, March 15
-- A minor-leaguer in the New York Yankees’ organization reportedly becomes the first professional baseball player to test positive for coronavirus after being quarantined Friday.
-- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo are still moving forward as planned. The traditional torch relay across Greece was cancelled.
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