Among numerous pro sports affected, MLB postpones opening day again due to coronavirus

A growing list of sports leagues have announced changes to their seasons as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread around the world.


A growing list of sports leagues have announced changes to their seasons as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread around the world.



Initially, Major League Baseball called off the rest of the spring training schedule and said opening day, which had been scheduled for March 26, was postponed for at least two weeks.

But after a development over the weekend, the league announced Monday a further delay.

On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.

Due to that CDC update, opening day "will be pushed back," MLB said.

MLB said it remains committed to scheduling as many games as possible.


Augusta National says next month's Masters golf tournament is postponed due to the spread of the virus.

"Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals," said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club. "Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date."


The NCAA has canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.

The decision comes a day after the NCAA announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on, but played in mostly empty arenas.

The NCAA canceled all of its spring championships in every sport, which include hockey, baseball and lacrosse.

Duke University Athletics said it would indefinitely suspend all of its activities. Kansas University Athletics said it would suspend all athletic travel.

The Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC tournaments have also been called off.

On Wednesday, the NBA suspended its season "until further notice."

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive Wednesday, according to ESPN and reports.
Teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for coronavirus, an ESPN reporter tweeted Thursday.

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox said in a joint statement the positive result came shortly before the tip-off in Oklahoma.

"We, along with the Utah Department of Health, are actively working to identify how long the patient has been experiencing symptoms, and are working to identify individuals who have had close enough contact with the player as to have been potentially exposed," the statement said.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted following the league's announcement.

"Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020," he wrote on Twitter. "Damn it's been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe!"


Major League Soccer initially announced it would suspend matches for 30 days as it assesses the impact of the coronavirus on games.

The USL Championship followed the lead of MLS, saying it would cancel its matches for the next 30 days.

The MLS later extended that postponement, based on a new CDC guideline.


NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One have canceled numerous upcoming races.

"We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport," NASCAR said in a statement.


The National Hockey League has paused its season due to the coronavirus.

"It is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time," NHL Commissioner Garry Bettman said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions."


According to reports, the XFL has suspended its season indefinitely.