By Peter Gleason
It was a beautiful weekend in Philly, and Father’s Day gave us a welcome respite from all the bad news engendered by the pandemic and protests and a lack of most sports.
Here’s where we stand on June 22:
MLB: After the Phillies and Blue Jays shut down their spring training facilities on Friday following COVID-19 outbreaks, MLB decided to shut down and disinfect all 30 team facilities.
NBA: The surging number of cases in Florida, which posted a record high Saturday for the third straight day, has raised concerns throughout the NBA as it prepares to travel to Disney World next month.
NFL: Following a flurry of positive tests, the NFL Players’ Association has advised players not to participate in group workouts ahead of the scheduled opening of training camps next month, where teams will be mandated to create “tiers” of access to try to manage infections.
NHL: 11 of the 200 players tested since training facilities were allowed to open on June 8 have tested positive, the league announced Friday. All players are required to report on July 10 ahead of the expanded 24-team postseason.
Hundreds of college football players (including 23 at Clemson) have tested positive since returning to campus, and the fear among administrators that the fall season will be interrupted — or even canceled — is stronger than it’s been all month.
Multiple countries have seen major sports return. The world’s four biggest soccer leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany) are back; baseball resumed in Japan this weekend; and basketball resumed in China.