Sports facing new reckoning as COVID-19 stops more facilities


TORONTO – The main obstacle for the North American sports leagues is not in the formulation of any test back-to-play protocols, but rather in the return to work in an environment where COVID-19 has not been properly contained in the first place.

Proof of that came Friday with word of a coronavirus outbreak in the Tampa Bay area facilities of the Major League Baseball, Philadelphia Phillies, and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as the closure of the Toronto Blue Jays centre in the vicinity of Dunedin, Fla., after a pitcher on the 40-man list showed symptoms of the disease and has been tested.

In florida, which may be the epicenter of the pandemic, and the state’s relatively lax approach recommended precautionary measures complicates attempts to avoid the infection for the athletes it.

As seriously as the sports leagues are the treatment of the pandemic, it is not difficult for irresponsible communities to undermine the entire enterprise.

So, while baseball may be Japan’s recovery, and continues in South Korea and Taiwan, and although the football is played in Europe, there was a marked difference in the discipline of these populations compared to that of united States, and that has helped them to ride along.

Consider these numbers:

Now, Florida is not the united States as a whole, but things are also going in the wrong direction in Texas and Arizona, where the San Francisco Giants of the judgment of their camp on Friday, as well.

When baseball officials first began planning for the possibility of a season, each of these states has been considered as a potential host in a hub-map of the city. At this stage, the teams would probably be more safe in places like New York and Seattle, which was a few months ago have been devastated by the virus.

All of which makes the reckless brinkmanship between the owners and players more money to look like an appetizer rather than the main dish, although the design of a COVID-19-is-the-real-threat-of-baseball-in-2020 narrative is much too simplistic.

The real threat to the whole world, not just in baseball, the rest of the Team Hoax part of the population, the people who do not wear masks, refuse to social distance, with an air of defiance congregate in large groups and generally bury their heads in the sand, because, you know, the freedom of the shit.

In such an environment, even those who are cautious in the face of an increased risk because of bad luck, like going to the grocery store or a local restaurant for pick-up and crossing paths with the wrong person.

Although many places have the epidemic under control, we still must rely on each other to do the work of the company in lieu of a vaccine or a good anti-viral.

For sport, the spin-offs of these homes will be critical.

Major League Baseball has drawn a line in the sand with his players Friday, telling the union, it will not go beyond 60 game of the season. Outbreaks certainly enhance the owners ‘ argument for less games, and throughout the doubts were centered around not whether the league could resume playing, but rather whether they can get to the finish line.

“Our Board will convene in the near future to determine next steps,” the union said in a statement. “What is important, the players remain determined to get back to work as soon as possible.”

That everything is still confused at this point, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post reporting that MLLB is looking at the closure of all the camps, the disinfection of each facility and the restart with more stringent protocols in place.

Such an approach would be logical that the incidents now can help break the air of invincibility typical of young athletes, and to reinforce the need for caution of them. Even so, it is an early gauge of the effectiveness of the test-and-trace capabilities of clubs, providing critical feedback on what works and what doesn’t.

At the same time, it is also the cause of a wider rethink the whole enterprise.

“In terms of the consequences of this epidemic on the Phillies the 2020 season, the club declines comment, saying it is too early to know,” the Phillies said in a statement about their outbreak.

Assuming an agreement on the economic front is done, the Blue Jays ” the situation becomes more complex as a result of Dunedin is their background for home games if they can’t play in Toronto.

This week, the president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro has been added to the national registry of lobbyists in order to continue its discussions with the representatives of the federal government concerning the authorisation, the Blue Jays and the visiting teams to circumvent the quarantine regulations for arriving travellers.

The club’s clear preference is to play home games at Rogers Centre, but how do the government regard as a suspected case to the Dunedin complex? And if they can’t play in Toronto, how safe will they play in Florida?

Based on current trends, not very.

In addition to the jug in question, the toronto Blue Jays in a statement also confirmed that “the staff at the club’s spring training facility in Dunedin,” have been tested for the coronavirus and that they “are following the protocols put in place for this scenario, including the guidelines of the MLB and the club’s medical team. As a result, the Blue Jays have suspended operations at their Dunedin facilities for the time being.”

“For the moment” is the kind of vague, empty phrase worthy of these troubled times, where our entire existence is an asterisk and no one can be certain of anything.

The owners and the players to find an agreement? Will they be able to keep everyone relatively safe, once they play? Will they be able to isolate and contain small outbreaks?

Certainly, perhaps?

A community where the adherence to guidelines of health is the complacency and compliance of the COVID-19 is low, makes each of these tasks more difficult. On Friday, it was a glimpse of the land mines ahead, and the collective cooperation necessary to safely navigate the unpredictable road ahead.


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