The 2020 MLB season was to have begun this past weekend. Unfortunately, it’s not happening. No Opening Day. The season is postponed indefinitely. Upon the announcing of the decision, the rest of Spring Training was terminated. In addition, for the time being, Opening Day is pushed back to mid-May, however, there are no guarantees. Furthermore, more delays are a possibility.
The postponing of baseball comes at the same time as the announcing of suspensions for the NHL, NBA, and MLS. Furthermore, the Champions League, Europa League, as well as domestic competition in Europe is on suspension, as well. Even more, Euro 2020, as well as the 2020 Olympic Games are on suspension. The cancelation of March Madness only rubs salt to the wound.
At this point, the coronavirus has done more than a negative impact on sports. In baseball’s case, this situation comes shortly after the discovery and investigation of a cheating scandal involving the 2017 World Series.
How Tough Is It Dealing With The Delay of Baseball?
Overall, living life without any sports to watch and/or follow is difficult. However, for many Americans, the postponing of baseball may the toughest pill to swallow since baseball is America’s favorite pastime.
So for fans, it’s really quite a bummer. Why? Well, the postponing of baseball causes a major negative financial impact. In other words, people are losing money. MLB season ticket holders who pay big money for their tickets are in a very tough situation to deal with. This goes for season ticket holders of the NBA, NHL, MLS, etc. What’s worse? No refunds. It’s a loss of money for fans, players, teams sports channels, media outlets, etc. Everyone suffers at this point. And it’s not only in the world of baseball but in the world of sports overall.
Baseball’s gone through rough situations before. For example, 1994-1995 MLB strike that resulted in the 1994 post-season and World Series being canceled, and the 1995 season being shortened to 144 games. In addition, there’s the 1981 MLB strike that ran from June 12th until July 31st which resulted in a loss of over 700 games. The point is that, although this is a very different situation, baseball has found itself into a tight jam many times before, and baseball always eventually found a way out.
As far as the 2020 season goes, talks about playing multiple doubleheaders to make up for lost games have taken place. In addition, there are talks about even expanding the playoffs into November. However, since it’s unclear when baseball operations will continue, now’s not the time to figure a way out to make up for the lost time. The future of baseball and sports overall is clearly unknown.