Sports leagues and federations across the world addressed the coronavirus outbreak by suspending seasons and canceling play.
All major North American sports leagues, including MLB, the NBA, MLS and the NHL have suspended the playing of games as the virus spreads around the world. The NCAA canceled March Madness and many other major events, including the Masters and the Boston Marathon have been postponed.
Here is a sport-by-sport look at what leagues and federations have done to address the COVID-19 pandemic:
NBA: The league suspended the season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus on March 11. The league has told its teams that play will be suspended a minimum of 30 days.
MLB: Major League Baseball suspended spring training indefinitely and delayed the start of the regular season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The league acknowledged that the start of its season would be delayed for months, not weeks. It offered no timetable but said it remains “committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.”
NFL: The NFL is planning to hold its draft in Las Vegas on April 23-25 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but public festivities related to the event have been canceled. The NFL’s annual meeting in late March, which is attended by team owners, general managers and coaches, has been canceled. The NFL also has banned teams from making in-person visits with draft-eligible players until further notice.
NHL: The league suspended its season indefinitely on March 12. The NHL cautioned players it would not be able to provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices until late April, which would push the earliest possible restart date into May. The NHL and the NHL Players Assn. asked players to self-isolate through March 27.
NCAA: The NCAA announced March 12 that it would cancel the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments over concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak. All other remaining winter and spring championships also were canceled. The Pac-12 announced March 12 it is canceling all athletic competitions involving its teams until further notice. All on- and off-campus recruiting through April 15 has been banned.
MLS/Soccer: Professional soccer in the U.S. is on hold indefinitely with MLS, the second-tier USL Championship, the U.S. Soccer Federation and CONCACAF, the regional governing body for the sport, all canceling games. MLS said it was suspending play for a minimum of eight weeks, and U.S. Soccer canceled friendlies involving the men’s and women’s teams as well as youth national team training camps. CONCACAF suspended all competitions for 30 days, including the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament involving the U.S. and Mexico which was scheduled to start Friday in Guadalajara.
High schools: The Los Angeles Unified School District has closed schools through March 27. The CIF announced March 12 the cancellation of the state basketball championships. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said it is possible schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee: The committee announced Saturday it will not request for a postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after USA Swimming called for the Games to be postponed. The 2020 Team USA media summit, which was scheduled to take place at the InterContinental in downtown Los Angeles this week, has been canceled.
XFL: The league informed its players March 12 that the remainder of the 2020 season will not be played.
NASCAR: All races through May 3 have been postponed. No makeup dates have been announced. The racing series hopes to resume its Cup season May 9 at Martinsville Speedway.
NHRA: The drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston. An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.
IndyCar: All races through the end of April, including the Grand Prix of Long Beach, have been canceled. The series was originally scheduled to open its season March 15 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
PGA/Golf: The PGA Tour canceled the final three rounds of The Players Championship on March 12 and announced the next three events on the PGA calendar through the Valero Texas Open on April 2-5 have been canceled. The Masters has been postponed, and no makeup date was announced for the tournament, which was originally scheduled for April 9-12. The PGA of America announced that the 2020 PGA Championship, scheduled for TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, has been postponed.
LPGA: The LPGA moved the ANA Inspiration to Sept. 10-13, and moving its Portland tournament a week later. The ANA Inspiration was scheduled for April 2-5 in Rancho Mirage. It was among what now are six domestic LPGA Tour events that have been postponed because of the coronavirus. Three more tournaments over the final three weeks in April have been postponed.
UFC: The UFC has postponed its next three scheduled events through April 11, finally giving up on President Dana White’s plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s just impossible,” White said on ESPN, the UFC’s broadcast partner. “We can’t do it.” White insists he will hold UFC 249 on April 18, although he doesn’t have a venue for it. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson in the promotion’s biggest pay-per-view show of the spring.
Horse racing: Horse racing in California will continue at tracks in the midst of the state’s stay-at-home order. The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area, will donate all of its profits during this time. Details were still being worked out as to who would receive those funds. Los Alamitos will also conduct live quarter-horse racing at night.
Equestrian: The U.S. Equestrian Federation suspended all USEF-owned events for 30 days on March 13. This includes selection trials, training camps, clinics and activities. USEF also recommends that all USEF-licensed competitions be suspended.
Boston Marathon: Organizers announced that the April 20 event has moved to Sept. 14. The new date moves the race from the spring season to a crowded fall, with the London, Paris and Barcelona marathons also postponing until after the summer over COVID-19 concerns
International Olympic Committee (Tokyo 2020 Olympics): Faced with growing criticism of their hesitant response to the coronavirus outbreak, Olympic leaders vowed Sunday to “step up” discussions regarding the 2020 Tokyo Games and expect to reach a decision on postponement and other potential changes within four weeks. Pressure on Olympic leaders intensified when the Canadian Olympic Committee declared Sunday night it would only participate in the Olympics if the Games were moved to 2021.
Premier League: The league has suspended play as the coronavirus outbreak continues to hammer the sports world. Matches in England will be stopped until at least April 30. The Football Administration board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1. That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.
Bundesliga: The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Dusseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.
Ligue 1: The French league announced Friday it is suspending all matches in its two divisions “until further notice.”
Serie A: Italy has suspended all sporting events through April 3. The Italian soccer league postponed games on its schedule last week but resumed without spectators over the weekend. Juventus and Inter Milan players were quarantined Wednesday after it was confirmed that Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for the coronavirus. Rugani was on the bench during the teams’ game on March 8.
La Liga: The Spanish league announced that its first and second divisions have been suspended for the next two matchdays. The development comes after Real Madrid were placed into isolation and all activity at their training complex was canceled after one of the club’s basketball players tested positive.
Liga MX: Professional soccer in Mexico was suspended indefinitely on March 16. “The measure announced today will remain in place until further notice and the resumption of play will be decided in co-ordination with the federal government’s health secretariat,” Liga MX said in a statement.
Champions League: The league suspended play March 13. Matches in England will be stopped until at least April 3 after five Premier League clubs said some players or staff were in self-isolation.
Asian Football Confederation: World Cup qualifiers in Asia were postponed until at least September, although the matches could take place as scheduled if all relevant parties agree.
Tennis: The French Open has been postponed from its normal May start until Sept. 20. Wimbledon organizers announced March 17 they hope to hold the annual tournament as scheduled, starting June 29. The U.S. Tennis Assn. said in a statement it is continuing to plan for the U.S. Open and “is not at this time implementing any changes in the schedule.” However, it did not rule out postponing the event, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 24 through Sept. 13. Several WTA and ATP events through June 7 have been canceled, including high-profile tournaments in Madrid and Rome. Women’s tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, and men’s events in Munich, Germany; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France have been canceled.
World Figure Skating Championships: The health minister of Quebec, Danielle McCann, announced Wednesday that the competition, scheduled in Montreal from March 16-22, has been canceled.
Korean and Japanese baseball leagues: The Japanese baseball league postponed the start of its season, which had been scheduled to begin March 20. The league had been playing exhibition games with no spectators. The South Korean league canceled its exhibition games and has not committed to starting its regular seasons March 28 as scheduled.
Formula One: The Monaco Grand Prix was added to a growing list of Formula One races to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The first eight races of the Formula One season have now been postponed, with Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan joining Monaco, originally scheduled for May 24, as the latest to be called off. Because of the latest postponements, the F1 season is scheduled to start June 14 at the Canadian Grand Prix. Governing body FIA said the season will begin “as soon as it is safe to do so.”
International Ice Hockey Federation: The women’s and men’s world championships were canceled. Switzerland’s national hockey league canceled its season March 13 and will not have a champion first time since 1940.
MotoGP: The season-opening Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, which was scheduled for March 8 was canceled. The second race of the season in Thailand has been postponed, as has the third in Austin, Texas (rescheduled for November).
World Cup Skiing: The competition’s finals in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, scheduled from March 18-22, were called off after an emergency International Ski Federation board meeting.