FLATTEN THE CURVE BALL

How Screwed Is Your Favorite Sport’s Season?

Will Leitch asks the question, when might we see sports again?

The question of when to restart is complicated by the fact that the 11-day shutdown the NBA, NHL, and MLS already instituted haven’t actually gotten us any closer to sports starting up again. The pause they put on their seasons may have helped slow the spread of the virus — though perhaps only a little, considering how inconsistent different parts of the country have been with their social distancing statutes — but they don’t get credit for time served. The time they’ve missed is gone. The Olympics will be delayed a year, but the only major change denoted in the record book will be the listing of “2021” rather than “2020.” (Or maybe not.) But other sports leagues could lose their entire season if this doesn’t get figured out soon — something President Trump’s increasingly worrisome perspective on social distancing is likely to make more difficult than less.

Personally, I’m convinced if we have done what’s needed as a country we can flatten the curve and sports might start up again in September. Everything else is done. Including Major League Baseball.