Due to the shutdown of almost every single live event starting in early 2020, sports fans have been left in a dire state in terms of both attending and watching their favorite teams and leagues as the world attempts to adapt to the new norm. Fortunately, only the NBA and NHL saw the most serious interruption, with the shutdown happening mid season and prolonging the start of the playoffs this past summer. Delays and schedule modifications occurred with the MLB season being pushed back and preseason NFL football being completely canceled.
Seeing the most confusing and unorthodox interruption this past season, the NBA was heading full steam into the summer playoffs before seeing the season suspended as they attempted a workaround. Resulting in the creation of the NBA “bubble”, about half of the league resumed their regularly scheduled season at the end of July 2020 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 22 total teams were invited to the NBA bubble, 16 of which were in playoff positions and six who were in reach of making the playoffs. After all was said and done, Lebron James and his Los Angeles Lakers were crowned champions after defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals.
However, due to the delay in play, the Finals were eventually completed in early October which is only a few weeks short of the regularly scheduled start of the 2020-2021 season. With such a short gap between seasons, the beginning of the upcoming NBA season was delayed until late December, with the coveted Christmas NBA games still scheduled for fans and players. If you are a fan of betting on US sports, you will still have the option to enjoy the stacked lineup of games.
The beginning of the 2020 MLB season was set to kick off early April before the cancelation of most major sports in the middle of March last year. While the specifics were being debated as to how the regular season could begin play, opening day was pushed back nearly 4 months until the last week of July. Resumption of play saw an extremely abbreviated schedule, with restructured matchups to avoid significant travel. Ending with a schedule of 60 regular season games, with the DH being utilized for the first time in both leagues among other rule changes, the post season concluded on October 27th with the Dodgers triumphing over the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.
Other Live Sports
Much of the ATP Tour was either outright canceled or postponed during the 2020 calendar, with Wimbledon being canceled for the first time since 1945 due to World War II. The massive schedule of events has obviously caused quite a shake up to the typical ATP schedule, with the inclusion of the 2020 Olympic tennis event being pushed back to the summer of 2021.
Much of the 2021 ATP Tour is set to resume with a normal schedule, with the Australian Open in early February marking the first Grand Slam Tournament to take place next year. Additionally, notable tournaments such as the French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open will resume next year with their normal dates.