We've made it just over a month without any live MLB, NBA, or NHL action in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at live sporting events.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases and the COVID-19 virus, offered Americans desperate for sports to come back a glimmer of hope, as he claimed that sports could return in somewhat short order, provided that fans aren't in the stands and players are isolated from the outside world.
Yes, he thinks it's actually realistic.
“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci said. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put them in big hotels, wherever you want to play, have them tested every week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family and just let them play the season out." Fauci also added that he wants to see sports come back at some point this year, and is seriously missing his World Champion Washington Nationals.
The MLB is considering a plan that aligns with Fauci's vision in which players will be sent to Arizona to play out the season in an isolated fashion, while the NBA announced that there will be a 25-day period of workouts to get players back in shape before games resume, whenever that may be.
Sports with no fans in the stands would be an extremely alien idea to most American fans, but those starved for quality sports programming with more meat on the bone than a HORSE competition filmed on a Motorola Razr should be enthused at the news that there is a way for basketball and baseball to return in 2020.