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- The Wimbledon board will meet next week to determine a course of action for the tournament. The options being mulled are to hold the tournament as planned in late June/early July, postpone to a later date or cancel all together. The All England Club stated that it has ruled out holding the tournament without fans.
- The Indy 500, usually held Memorial Day weekend, will now take place Aug. 23.
- Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were scheduled for the third fight to take place in July, but they are now looking at early October for the second rematch.
- The IOC has officially announced the postponement of the 2020 Olympics. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of host country Japan, said they will postpone the Olympic Games until next summer, though the IOC was less specific with their statement. Their assertion is that the Olympics will be moved back to 2021, but would not commit to a time of year.
- Roger Goodell released a memo adamantly saying that the NFL Draft will continue on as planned April 23-25. He also stated that prospects and families will not be at the Draft and teams should prepare for conducting Draft operations outside of their facility. Perhaps most notable in the statement was Goodell stating that “public discussion” of the matter would be “grounds for disciplinary action.”
- Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report said that he is hearing from coaches that they do not expect the season to start on time, and that some believe training camp will not start until fall.
- Mid-to-late June is still the optimistic estimate for an NBA return date, and the league is evaluating stadium availability into August. It is unclear if the league, should this timeline hold, will continue the season where it left off or move straight to the postseason.
- NHL plans appear to fall in line with the NBA timeline with similar uncertainty about arena availability and whether or not the regular season has effectively been finished. At this time, the NHL is still planning on a full 2020-21 season, regardless of how far the remainder of the 2019-20 season goes.
- Jeff Passan reporting that the players and league are agreeing on terms for when to start the 2020 season. They will not start until:
- No bans on mass gatherings to limit fan attendance.
- No travel restrictions.
- Games do not pose further health risks for players or fans, as determined by medical experts.
- The current MLB timeline falls in line with the NBA and NHL, and MLB front offices have stated their preference for at least a month of preseason before officially kicking off the season. Whether the MLB will grant that request, however, is unclear.
- Jeff Passan reported that MLB may agree to an abbreviated Spring Training of sorts in mid-May, starting the regular season in early June. Passan also said this could lead to a neutral-site World Series to avoid weather concerns if the Series takes place in November or later.