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Where every sport stands in the corona virus comeback planning



Where every sport stands in the corona virus comeback planning

Ryan Dunleavy from The Post provides a status report on how all the different sports handle their COVID-19 comeback planning:


Current Status: Suspended since March 12, when all teams had 11-14 matches in the regular season.

Restart the situation: The 24 team playoffs are agreed to be grouped in two hub cities, with the top four teams at each conference playing a round-robin game to determine seeding during their “bye”. The next eight in each conference play the best qualifying series of five (the fight is determined) to advance to the first round. The season is over for the bottom-seven team.

Location Status: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh are just a few of the possibilities. Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton also participated but will be discounted if Canada does not change its mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the country.

Schedule: The formal training camp will begin no sooner than July 1, encouraging the start of the tournament until the end of July or early August and delaying the start of the 2020-21 season.


Current Status: Suspended since March 12, with less than two weeks left in spring training. The regular season will start on March 26.

Restart the situation: MLB proposes an 82-match season and a sliding scale where the players earning the biggest income will lose the highest percentage of their salary. The player association strongly rejects proposals and is expected to reciprocate with more games and no further salary deductions beyond the previously agreed salary. The new schedule needs to be configured by emphasizing division play and limiting travel.

Location Status: For spring training, some teams will return to their normal headquarters in Florida and Arizona, while others will gather in their home gardens. For the regular season, the league hopes to play games in the home garden. In order for the Blue Jays to play at home, Canada must give up quarantine from 14 days. Chances are there will be fanless games – at least at the start.

Schedule: MLB hopes for the resumption of spring training in June – perhaps shortened to two weeks – with the regular season match taking place on the weekend of July 4 and the completion of the playoffs that are almost on time. If the game doesn’t start until August, it means a short schedule or rolling dice against the weather and extending the regular season to October and postseason to November.


Current Status: Business as usual. Free agency, schedule design and release all run without interruption.

Restart the situation: Facilities are open to certain employees in the state that are permitted by the government, but coaches and players who are not injured remain prohibited. The coach can return simultaneously next week in the entire league. The team is conducting virtual meetings / exercises for at least another two weeks.

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Location Status: The one or two city model does not function for the NFL given the nature of the once a week schedule. Maybe the team could move temporarily, especially for the training camp, if their country’s recovery metrics lag behind the others.

Schedule: The permanent training camp is scheduled to open at the end of July, the first preseason match is August 6 and the regular season opener is September 10. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy did not rule out the possibility of fans in the stands at some point and the dolphins revealed plans (scolded by commissioner Roger Goodell) for limited capacity seating.


Current Status: The first league to suspend action – with several teams still on the field – on March 11, after Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the corona virus. Player salaries starting in May are reduced by 25 percent, with overall deductions still to be determined.

Restart the situation: Commissioner Adam Silver gave many options to the NBA Board of Governors. Voting on Silver’s preferred proposal can take place immediately next week, with July 31 as the target date to proceed. Most likely the rest of the regular season will be removed, with 20-24 teams returning.

Location Status: The league will be concentrated on housing, training and games in one city bubble, which is expected to be in the vast Disney Sports World complex in Orlando.

Schedule: Targeting July returns.

Current Status: Starting late to the regular season (May 15).

Restart the situation: The draft which was held April 17 set a 14-year high for viewers. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert hopes to play a regular season of 36 full matches and told the Washington Post, “We are getting closer to a plan that hasn’t changed much.”

Location Status: Not clear.

Schedule: It is not clear, although the WNBA mandated team cut the roster to 12 on Monday to start paying players. One potential conflict under a long delay is that many WNBA stars play overseas in high-paying leagues during the winter months.


Current Status: Suspended since March 12, two weeks into the regular season.

Restart the situation: Voluntary group training sessions are ongoing. Starting again in June at the training camp for three to four weeks followed by group stage games and knockout rounds reported on the table.

Location Status: The entire league is headquartered at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Schedule: MLS hopes to squeeze the entire season into 10 weeks, according to ESPN.

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Current Status: Both played suspended March 12, after one round was completed at The PGA Players Championship.

Restart the situation: The PGA will return June 11-14 for the Charles Charles Schwab non-challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Ft. Decent, Texas. LPGA will return July 23-26 for the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio – but that can be canceled if fans are not permitted to attend.


Current Status: Scheduled to be the first league of professional American sports teams to continue, after delaying the start of the regular season from April 18.

Restart the situation: Individual training returned on May 6, small group training was returned this week and team training was in a few days, building until June 27, back in the 25 match tournament.

Location Status: Two sites in Utah.

Schedule: The nine teams will play four matches in the preliminary round and the top eight will advance to the knockout round which culminates in the July 26 final.


Current Status: Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years, the French Open will be contested September 20 to October 4, and US Open officials are working on a potential restart scenario, but no decision has yet been made about the US Open.

Restart the situation: All major tours were suspended until July 31, with more than 40 tournaments canceled from the men’s and women’s calendars combined. The exhibition was fought over in the United States and other parts of the world throughout May.


Current Status: The World Boxing Council advises promoters and commissioners to place their boxers and teams in 14 days of isolation before holding a fanless event. The judges will judge the fight by watching from home on television.

Restart the situation: Boxing Top Rank is scheduled to hold a series of fights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with the first five fight card set for June 9.


Restart the situation: Nevada ended its combat sports moratorium on Wednesday and the UFC immediately announced Fight Night for Saturday in Las Vegas, followed by the UFC250 on the same site June 6.

Racing car

Restart the situation: NASCAR returns to action May 17 in South Carolina and fanless match schedule in many states in the south through June 21. IndyCar returns June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, while the Indianapolis 500 is rescheduled for August 23. Formula 1 is eyeing a July 5 return in Austria without fans and a multi-continent schedule until November. NHRA pushes back a tentative restart from June to August in hopes of welcoming fans at 18 drag-racing events through November.

International soccer

The situation restarts: The English Premier League will hold a match on June 17 – more than three months after closing – between Manchester City and Arsenal, and Aston Villa and Sheffield United, before all teams resume the following weekend. All the remaining 92 matches will be fanless and some can be played on neutral sites to avoid groups of fans outside the door. The Bundesliga in Germany continues on May 16, while the Spanish La Liga starts June 11, Serie A in Italy on June 20 and the Champions League has been postponed. Euro 2020 and Copa America have been moved to 2021 (proposed date 11 June-11 July).

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College Sports

Current Status: The NCAA extends the recruitment dead period (no face-to-face contact) in all sports until July 31 and allows soccer and male and female basketball athletes to return to campus starting Monday. The conference has handled athletes’ return to campus dates very differently. Neither the NCAA nor the conference will mandate an ordinary uniform start date, subject to state and local governments.

Football / basketball: Steps are underway towards starting on time, and Yahoo Sports reports that the NCAA football watchdog committee can recommend an expanded six-week preseason camp model for approval in mid-June. The main problem: Can athletes practice and play games when the campus is closed to academics? Several major California universities will hold virtual classes until the fall semester. Maybe football will be played in some schools and not in others, even in the same conference because of the spread of geography. Basketball training usually begins in mid-October and will follow in the footsteps of the autumn NCAA sports.


Situation restarts: Summer Olympics in Tokyo are postponed and scheduled to open July 23, 2021 and close on August 8.

Canadian Football League

Restart the situation: Several teams have reopened the facility and the rest are expected to follow in the next two weeks. The league announced it would not resume the match before September, if at all, and the Gray Cup championship match would be played at the home of a participant with a superior record.

Horse racing

Restart the situation: Belmont betting will be held June 20 without fans, as the first leg of the Triple Crown instead of the traditional last. Kentucky Derby for September 5 and Preakness Stakes for October 3. The songs are opened in several states and will reopen Monday in New York with Belmont starting on Wednesday. New Jersey officials have not yet said whether the track will open on time for Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 18.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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