Are we sure we are ready to resume sports in a pandemic?

I’m not understanding the logic in resuming sports in a pandemic. MLB and the NBA both have plans to resume play. If it’s safe now to resume sports now, why wasn’t it safe months ago? What’s changed?

Nothing, that’s what.

No matter what measures are put in place to make things safer, people will still get infected with the virus. It’s true with sports and it’s true with everyday life. Although the coronavirus is novel, meaning it’s so new we don’t know a lot about it, we know if people practice physical distancing from others and wear a face covering, the chances of getting infected are miniscule. With that said, people are still getting too close to other people. People are still not wearing masks. The number of infected in the country is skyrocketing because of it.

Major League Baseball

Baseball is resuming spring training July 1. The season will then begin either July 23 or 24. They haven’t decided yet.

I have to wonder how many players will test positive during fake spring training before MLB reevaluates their decision. Do they already have a number in mind?

The 2020 MLB season will consist of only 60 games. This ensures that the season and any stats generated from it will have zero relevance in the long term. Will the season even have awards? I cannot imagine anyone caring about the MVP or Cy Young for 2020. The same applies to the team that wins the World Series. No one will ever recognize that team as a true champion.

National Basketball Association

The 2019-20 NBA season went into hiatus on March 11 because of the pandemic. The NBA hopes to return to play July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. It’s the same Florida that is currently experiencing a massive spike in new cases. Teams will compete at a single location on the same court. Teams will reside at this single location and players and other personal will not be allowed to leave. Sure.

Only 22 teams will be competing. This includes the 16 teams that were in playoff positions in March 11 along with six teams that were six games back from the eighth seed playoff team in each conference.

The teams resuming play are the following:

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
  • Miami Heat
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards

Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • LA Clippers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Utah Jazz
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Houston Rockets
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Phoenix Suns

The NBA faces the same problem as MLB. The team that wins the 2019-20 NBA Championship will have a ginormous asterisk next to it. No true sports fan will respect it.

Playing sports in a pandemic is dumb

I think it’s stupid and misguided to even think about bringing back baseball and basketball right now. Personally speaking, I haven’t missed sports. I’ve had my mind on other things.

I think it also sends the wrong message. When you watch two players in the low post fighting for position, sweating in each other’s mouths, it might make you drop your guard towards the  pandemic.

We do not need that right now. Unfortunately, we already have too many people not respecting the pandemic for what it is. We don’t need more people thinking this way.

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