The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in making its decision and added ominously that the plan would be applied only “if the conference is able to participate in fall sports.”
The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to suspend all fall sports, including football, leaving open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the coronavirus pandemic is better controlled by then. “We simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk,” the Ivy League Council of Presidents said in a statement.
Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body founded in September 1901, made the long-expected announcement. The minors had never missed a season.
Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball's Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday with photos and videos from, among others, Hank Aaron, Rachel Robinson, Derek Jeter, Colin Powell, Michael Jordan, Obama and fellow former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter at tippingyourcap.com.
The Santa Barbara school district has rolled out phase 1 of their plans to return during the COVID-19 pandemic. High school summer workouts are now being held for football and soccerteams. These workouts are voluntary, and there are guidelines to ensure teammates are social distancing.
The governor announced Saturday that the New York Yankees and the New York Mets will hold spring training in New York this year; New York City will enter phase two of reopening on Monday; and the number of COVID-19 cases is continuing to trend downward — even as it is spiking elsewhere around the nation.
The governor announced Tuesday that the US Open will still be held in Queens, without fans in the stands, and that hospitals and group homes will now be allowed to accept visitors. According to the most recent survey, he said, more than 13 percent of New Yorkers have been shown to have COVID-19 antibodies.
On Sunday, the governor announced that low-risk sports in regions that have reached phase three of reopening can begin in early July; that the state is extending open enrollment in the state healthcare marketplace for an additional 30 days; and that he has signed legislation requiring the study of how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the health of minority communities in New York state. Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations due to coronavirus has reached the lowest level the state has in more than 85 days.