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Updated Sports Return Dates-Ppds-Cancellations (Live Update Thread) - Page 2 758 views

LeagueReturn DateStatus
NFL DraftApril 23-25Date Set
BundesligaMay 9Estimate
UFCMay 9Estimate
NASCARMay 24Estimate
MLB Opening DayEnd of MayEstimate
IndyCarJune 6Estimate
MLS2nd week of JuneEstimate
PGA TourJune 11Estimate
AFL (Aussie Rules)June 11Estimate
LPGAJune 18Estimate
CFLJuly 1Estimate
PGA ChampionshipAug. 6-9Rescheduled Date
FedEx Cup PlayoffsAug. 13-Sept. 7Rescheduled Date
Indy 500Aug. 23Rescheduled Date
CFB Week 0Aug. 29No Date Change Yet
Tour de FranceAug. 29-Sept. 20Rescheduled Date
U.S. Open (tennis)Aug. 31-Sept. 13No Date Change Yet
CFB Week 1Sept. 5No Date Change Yet
Kentucky DerbySept. 5Rescheduled Date
NFL Opening GameSept. 10No Date Change Yet
Canelo-GGG FightSept. 12No Date Change Yet
NFL Opening SundaySept. 13No Date Change Yet
U.S. Open (golf)Sept. 17-20No Date Change Yet
French OpenSept. 20-Oct. 4Rescheduled Date
Ryder CupSept. 25-27Date Set
Wilder-Fury IIIEarly OctoberEstimate
Breeders’ CupNov. 6-7No Date Change Yet
MastersNov. 12-15Rescheduled Date
NBATBDPostponed
NHLTBDPostponed
Champions LeagueTBDPostponed
Premier LeagueTBDPostponed
La LigaTBDPostponed
Serie ATBDPostponed
Europa LeagueTBDPostponed
European TourTBDPostponed
ATP & WTATBDPostponed
Preakness StakesTBDPostponed
Belmont StakesTBDPostponed
WNBATBDPostponed
Formula 1TBDPostponed
2020 Tokyo OlympicsN/ACanceled
British OpenN/ACanceled
WimbledonN/ACanceled
Euro 2020N/ACanceled
Copa AmericaN/ACanceled
XFLN/ACanceled
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Monday, April 27: ESPN MLB reporter Jeff Passan, who’s as plugged in as anyone to the thinking of baseball execs, wrote on Monday that “a number of people in decision-making positions” see the following scenario as realistic:

“Finalize a plan in May. Hash out an agreement with the players by the end of the month or early June. Give players a week to arrive at designated spring training locations. Prepare for three weeks. Start the season in July. Play around an 80- to 100-game season in July, August, September and October. Hold an expanded playoff at warm-weather, neutral sites in November.”

Passan added that all the decision-makers in and around the sport — “league officials, players, union leaders, owners, doctors, politicians, TV power brokers, team executives” — are aligned that MLB will start. When and where are much more up in the air, but generally, when all parties involved are motived to have something occur, the details get figured out.

Monday, April 27: According to the Sports Business Journal, the NFL is actively working on back-up plans should the league be unable to start on Sept. 10.

The NFL is set to reveal its regular schedule in May, and as part of that exercise it’s building in the potential that it might not be able to start until mid-October. SBJ reports that if the season can’t start until then, the NFL would still play a 16-game schedule, but there would be no bye weeks, the Super Bowl would move from Feb. 7 to Feb. 28 and the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl would be spiked.

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert had previously reported that multiple NFL execs plan to start the season on time. Per executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash said during a media briefing, “All of our focus, has been on a normal, traditional season, starting on time, playing in front of fans, in our regular stadiums, and going through a full 16-game regular season and a full set of playoffs.”

Monday, April 27: La Liga, the top soccer league in Spain, might not be returning any time soon. “It would be reckless for me to say now that professional football will be back before the summer,” Spain’s health minister Salvador Illa, who has the final say on when sports can return in the country, told media at a news conference on Wednesday.

Sunday, April 26: Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte said Serie A teams could begin individual training on May 4 (social distancing mandated) and that teams could start training together on May 18.

Wednesday, April 22: A marquee golf event will be coming to a TV screen near you in May. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are teaming up for a first-of-its-kind 2v2 golf match. The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, who broke the news, reports the event will be aired on TNT, with all proceeds going to COVID-19 relief. Sunday, May 24 is a potential date and the Medalist Golf Club in Florida is the rumored location, but neither of those aspects have been finalized yet.

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❌🇫🇷 BREAKING: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirms the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons cannot be completed. Sporting events not able to start before September in France. Decision will be made on the final tables for #Ligue1 and #Ligue2.

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Tuesday, April 28: According to a report from The Athletic, NASCAR is targeting a return to racing on Sunday, May 17 at Darlington Raceway.

In addition, the NASCAR Cup Series would reportedly follow the first race at Darlington with a second event at the same track on Wednesday, May 20, then run the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on Sunday, May 24 with a follow-up race at Charlotte on Wednesday, May 27, before hitting Martinsville on Sunday, May 31, Bristol on Wednesday, June 3, Atlanta on Sunday, June 7 and Homestead-Miami on Sunday, June 14.

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Thursday, April 30: NASCAR officially confirmed the schedule for its first two races back: The Cup Series will race on Sunday, May 17 (3:30 p.m. ET) at Darlington Raceway and again on Wednesday, May 20 (7:30 p.m. ET) at the same location, before moving on to Charlotte for a Sunday, May 24 race (6 p.m. ET) and another Wednesday night race on May 27 (8 p.m. ET).

NASCAR will also have XFINITY and Truck Series events in between the Cup races. You can see the full schedule here.

NASCAR did not announce any races beyond May 27, though The Athletic, which had previously reported the plan laid out above, also said the sport is planning to head to Martinsville on Sunday, May 31; Bristol on Wednesday, June 3; Atlanta on Sunday, June 7; and Homestead-Miami on Sunday, June 14.

Thursday, April 30: The German government pushed back talks on how to restart the Bundesliga one week, from April 30 to May 7. The delay occurred as the country saw an increase in coronavirus cases. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun said “The contact restrictions will certainly now be extended until May 10 for the time being,” and the Daily Mail reports that “Merkel said hospitals would be overwhelmed if the rate rises any further, meaning a second lockdown would be ‘unavoidable.'”

The delaying of the meeting will also delay the start time one week, so while we had initially hoped to have professional soccer back on the pitch by May 9, we’ll have to wait until at least May 16. The key phrase is “at least.” If the country goes on lockdown due to increased cases, it’s hard to imagine Merkel green-lighting the restart of the Bundesliga season any time soon.

There are nine games left on each Bundesliga team’s schedule, and it’s expected that if the games resume, they will do so behind closed doors.

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May 8th Updated Calendar


LeagueReturn DateStatus
UFCMay 9Date Set
BundesligaMay 16Date Set
NASCARMay 17Date Set
Golf: Rory/DJ vs. Rickie/WolffMay 17Date Set
Golf: Tiger/Peyton vs. Phil/BradyMay 24Date Set
IndyCarJune 6Estimate
MLS2nd week of JuneEstimate
PGA TourJune 11Estimate
AFL (Aussie Rules) June 11Estimate
LPGAJune 18Estimate
CFLJuly 1Estimate
PGA ChampionshipAug. 6-9Rescheduled Date
FedEx Cup PlayoffsAug. 13-Sept. 7Rescheduled Date
Indy 500Aug. 23Rescheduled Date
CFB Week 0Aug. 29No Date Change Yet
Tour de FranceAug. 29-Sept. 20Rescheduled Date
U.S. Open (tennis)Aug. 31-Sept. 13No Date Change Yet
CFB Week 1Sept. 5No Date Change Yet
Kentucky DerbySept. 5Rescheduled Date
NFL Opening GameSept. 10No Date Change Yet
Canelo-GGG FightSept. 12No Date Change Yet
NFL Opening SundaySept. 13No Date Change Yet
U.S. Open (golf)Sept. 17-20No Date Change Yet
French OpenSept. 20-Oct. 4Rescheduled Date
Ryder CupSept. 25-27Date Set
Wilder-Fury IIIEarly OctoberEstimate
Breeders’ CupNov. 6-7No Date Change Yet
MastersNov. 12-15Rescheduled Date
NBATBDPostponed
NHLTBDPostponed
MLB Opening DayTBDPostponed
Champions LeagueTBDPostponed
Premier LeagueTBDPostponed
La LigaTBDPostponed
Serie ATBDPostponed
Europa LeagueTBDPostponed
European TourTBDPostponed
ATP & WTATBDPostponed
Preakness StakesTBDPostponed
Belmont StakesTBDPostponed
WNBATBDPostponed
Formula 1TBDPostponed
2020 Tokyo OlympicsN/ACanceled
British OpenN/ACanceled
WimbledonN/ACanceled
Euro 2020N/ACanceled
Copa AmericaN/ACanceled
XFLN/ACanceled
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Friday, May 15: The ATP and WTA will both remain suspended through at least Aug. 3, according to a report from the New York Times’ Christopher Clarey. The Telegraph has previously report that, “Privately, both the ATP and WTA tours know that a complete wipeout of the 2020 season is probably a more realistic outcome than a late-summer restart.”

Given the international nature of tennis’ player base and its events, the sport is proving tougher to restart than others, even though it has natural social distancing built into the game.

Wimbledon has already canceled its 2020 event, choosing to cash in on its pandemic insurance rather than hope it could stage the event. The U.S. Open has yet to be rescheduled, though there are rumors it could moved dates (to November) and locations (from NYC to Indian Wells in California). The French Open, meanwhile, is officially rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.

Wednesday, May 13: Serie A, Italy’s top soccer league, will officially return to the pitch on June 13. The league is set to start group training on May 18, and according to the agreed to health protocols, “If one player or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19 after the group training begins, the entire squad will have to go into quarantine for 15 days.”

This announcement means that three of the four top European soccer leagues — Bundesliga (May 16), La Liga (June 12) and Serie A (June 13) — have return dates. The English Premier League has yet to take that step, though the UK government gave the league clearance to return after June 1.

Tuesday, May 12: La Liga is aiming to return on June 12, according to Javier Tebas, the president of Spain’s top professional soccer league. “I’d like the restart date to be June 12 but we have to be careful. It will depend on society as a whole,” Tebas said. “We have to be very careful and focused on following the health measures.” When La Liga does resume, it will do so without fans in the stands.

Monday, May 11: MLB owners officially approved a plan that would see baseball start in early July … if they can agree to a deal with the players union. That seems far from certain, based on the reporting of ESPN’s Jeff Passan, who outlined the hurdles to reaching an agreement here.

Monday, May 11: The earliest the English Premier League can resume play is June 1, according to the UK government. But do not take that to mean the league will start playing games on June 1. The league still needs to put a return plan in place, including dates for when players will resume group training, what the testing protocols will look like and, ultimately, a date for when will games start back up (behind closed doors).


LeagueReturn DateStatus
BundesligaMay 16Date Set
NASCARMay 17Date Set
Golf: Rory/DJ vs. Rickie/WolffMay 17Date Set
Golf: Tiger/Peyton vs. Phil/BradyMay 24Date Set
IndyCarJune 6Estimate
MLS2nd week of JuneEstimate
PGA TourJune 11Estimate
AFL (Aussie Rules)June 11Estimate
La LigaJune 12Estimate
Serie AJune 13Date Set
LPGAJune 18Estimate
CFLJuly 1Estimate
PGA ChampionshipAug. 6-9Rescheduled Date
FedEx Cup PlayoffsAug. 13-Sept. 7Rescheduled Date
Indy 500Aug. 23Rescheduled Date
CFB Week 0Aug. 29No Date Change Yet
Tour de FranceAug. 29-Sept. 20Rescheduled Date
U.S. Open (tennis)Aug. 31-Sept. 13No Date Change Yet
CFB Week 1Sept. 5No Date Change Yet
Kentucky DerbySept. 5Rescheduled Date
NFL Opening GameSept. 10No Date Change Yet
Canelo-GGG FightSept. 12No Date Change Yet
NFL Opening SundaySept. 13No Date Change Yet
U.S. Open (golf)Sept. 17-20No Date Change Yet
French OpenSept. 20-Oct. 4Rescheduled Date
Ryder CupSept. 25-27Date Set
Wilder-Fury IIIEarly OctoberEstimate
Breeders’ CupNov. 6-7No Date Change Yet
MastersNov. 12-15Rescheduled Date
NBATBDPostponed
NHLTBDPostponed
MLB Opening DayTBDPostponed
Champions LeagueTBDPostponed
Premier LeagueTBDPostponed
Europa LeagueTBDPostponed
European TourTBDPostponed
ATP & WTATBDPostponed
Preakness StakesTBDPostponed
Belmont StakesTBDPostponed
WNBATBDPostponed
Formula 1TBDPostponed
2020 Tokyo OlympicsN/ACanceled
British OpenN/ACanceled
WimbledonN/ACanceled
Euro 2020N/ACanceled
Copa AmericaN/ACanceled
XFLN/ACanceled
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The 2020 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland has been postponed from Saturday, May 16 to Saturday, October 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The New York Racing Association (NYRA) is exploring a new date for the Belmont Stakes, the final Triple Crown race, as well. On May 16, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the green light for horse racing to resume across the state, starting June 1.

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The New York Racing Association announced Tuesday the Belmont Stakes will be held on June 20 -- nearly 3 months before the Kentucky Derby.

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Also, this year only, the Belmont will be 1-1/8 miles instead of the normal 1-1/2 miles.

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Wednesday, May 20: The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick report that Orlando’s Walt Disney Resort has “gained clear momentum” to be the NBA’s sole host city when the league returns to play. Las Vegas and Houston were the other cities being considered.

The league’s restart date has yet to be finalized, but, according to The Athletic, “multiple sources say the prospect of players fully training in mid-June and playing by mid-July has been the most popular and possible scenario discussed.”

That timeline matches up with a recent ESPN report from Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, which said, “Barring an unforeseen turn of events, many NBA owners, executives and National Basketball Players Association elders believe commissioner Adam Silver will green-light the return to play in June — with games expected to resume sometime before the end of July, sources said.”

It’s unclear whether or not the league will try to finish the regular season. Other options that have been floated include play-in tournaments or simply going straight to the postseason.

Tuesday, May 19: The dates for all three Triple Crown horse races are now set. The Kentucky Derby had already rescheduled the “Run for the Roses” for Sept. 5, and now the other two legs — the Belmont and Preakness — have done the same.

The Belmont is staying in June, moving from June 6 to June 20. It will big the first leg of the Triple Crown for the first time ever, and as a result, the race will be shorter (1⅛ miles, as opposed to the usual 1½ miles).

The Preakness is rescheduled for Oct. 3. It will follow the Kentucky Derby and be the final leg of the Triple Crown. It had previously been slated for May 16.

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May 26th Update:


Monday, May 25: The Australian Football League (AFL) confirmed it will restart play on June 11 with a match between Collingwood and Richmond. The league, which captivated American audiences in its first few games before the season was postponed, announced the schedule for Rounds 2-5, a total of 36 matches.

The AFL joins a host of leagues — the PGA TOUR, La Liga, Serie A and Major League Soccer — that are eyeing mid-June return dates.

Saturday, May 23: The Spanish government has officially given La Liga, the country’s top professional soccer league, the green light to return after June 8. The league has not yet announced the exact date it will return, but ESPN reports that June 12 remain the “target date.”

That date jives with what Javier Tebas, the president of Spain’s top professional soccer league, said a week-and-a-half ago. “I’d like the restart date to be June 12 but we have to be careful. It will depend on society as a whole,” Tebas said. “We have to be very careful and focused on following the health measures.”

When La Liga does resume, it will do so without fans in the stands.

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LeagueReturn DateStatus
UFC 250June 6Date Set
IndyCarJune 6Estimate
MLS2nd week of JuneEstimate
PGA TourJune 11Estimate
AFL (Aussie Rules)June 11Date Set
La LigaJune 12Estimate
Serie AJune 13Date Set
LPGAJune 18Estimate
Belmont StakesJune 20Rescheduled Date
PGA ChampionshipAug. 6-9Rescheduled Date
FedEx Cup PlayoffsAug. 13-Sept. 7Rescheduled Date
Indy 500Aug. 23Rescheduled Date
CFB Week 0Aug. 29No Date Change Yet
Tour de FranceAug. 29-Sept. 20Rescheduled Date
U.S. Open (tennis)Aug. 31-Sept. 13No Date Change Yet
CFB Week 1Sept. 5No Date Change Yet
Kentucky DerbySept. 5Rescheduled Date
NFL Opening GameSept. 10No Date Change Yet
Canelo-GGG FightSept. 12No Date Change Yet
NFL Opening SundaySept. 13No Date Change Yet
U.S. Open (golf)Sept. 17-20No Date Change Yet
French OpenSept. 20-Oct. 4Rescheduled Date
Ryder CupSept. 25-27Date Set
Preakness StakesOct. 3Rescheduled Date
Wilder-Fury IIIEarly OctoberEstimate
Breeders’ CupNov. 6-7No Date Change Yet
MastersNov. 12-15Rescheduled Date
NBATBDPostponed
NHLTBDPostponed
MLB Opening DayTBDPostponed
Champions LeagueTBDPostponed
Premier LeagueTBDPostponed
Europa LeagueTBDPostponed
CFLTBDPostponed
European TourTBDPostponed
ATP & WTATBDPostponed
WNBATBDPostponed
Formula 1TBDPostponed
2020 Tokyo OlympicsN/ACanceled
British OpenN/ACanceled
WimbledonN/ACanceled
Euro 2020N/ACanceled
Copa AmericaN/ACanceled
XFLN/ACanceled
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From the NHL: ``National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will make an announcement today [Tuesday] at 4:30 p.m. ET regarding the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 NHL season.''

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Bullet points from Bettman presser:



  • The regular season is over
  • Each conference will be assigned a hub city for the playoffs
  • 24-team postseason format
  • The bottom eight qualifying teams in each conference will play a best-of-5 series to get into the playoffs
  • The top four seeds will play in a round robin to determine seeding
  • We don’t know if the bracket will re-seed after each round
  • Each team will be limited to 50 personnel
  • Training camp will not begin before July 1
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NHL games in the qualifying round (seeds 5-12 in each conference) will be played with playoff overtime rules. The round-robin games (top 4 seeds) will be played with regular-season overtime and shootout rules with ties in the standings broken by regular-season points percentage.

Edited 5/27/20 at 8:31AM by Danny_H - No reason listed.

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