As a lifelong sports fan and eternal optimist, I’m going to try to put a positive spin on things.
Cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic happened throughout the sports world March 11-12. The National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League suspended their respective seasons. Major League Baseball delayed opening day at least two weeks.
But the ultimate loss was March Madness, the perennial college basketball showcase. First they considered competing in mostly empty arenas before a limited number of family members and essential staff. Then came word that the tournament was canceled altogether.
Oh the humanity!
I joked with co-workers that I considered walking in front of a bus. I guess I was joking.
The NBA suspended the remainder of its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Before this news broke, I originally planned to write just about the prospect of professional basketball games in empty arenas. Now we face the uncertainty of the season and potential playoffs.
Of course sports shouldn’t be our main concern now. We should all be concerned about public safety and about our families. Sports is usually an escape. I watch ESPN and the other sports channels to get away from today’s disturbing news about our world.
But here I am watching my favorite sports network do its best imitation of those depressing news channels. There are interviews with NBA coaches about the league’s decision to suspend the season.
I agree with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. This isn’t about basketball. There are people whose lives are at stake. We have to keep sports in perspective. The games really aren’t that important.