July 15th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 28
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Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
This week, I’m talking sports.

It seems like years ago since the beginning of the pandemic really hit North America and put many things, including sports, on pause.

In reality, it’s been the span of about four months.

The last time NHL players stepped on the ice for a game was March 11th.

Now, on July 13th, 24 teams have begun their training camps in anticipation of returning to play on August 1.

The 24 teams returning to action will make their way to Edmonton and Toronto to play in a “bubble” where players and staff will be forced to stay to limit the chances of spreading the virus.
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If all goes according to plan, the Stanley Cup will be awarded by the beginning of October.

The NHL isn’t the only league that is restarting.

Major League Soccer has recently started up in their own bubble in Orlando.

Two teams have had to withdraw from the tournament due to high numbers of positive cases but other teams have managed to stay healthy and so far, the tournament has gone fairly well.

The NBA is also starting to have teams arrive in their bubble in Orlando.
Some players have tested positive for Covid-19 but again, overall, teams are healthy and looking forward to restarting the season.

The league I’m most concerned with when it comes to potentially playing a season and completing it is Major League Baseball.
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Their plan doesn’t include playing in a bubble and instead has teams travelling from city to city to play games like they normally would.

To me, this is a recipe for disaster.

The other leagues are far more likely to successfully complete a season in their bubbles as there is no contact with the general public once they are inside.

As a big sports fan, I’m excited to see live sports returning and am hopeful that seasons can be completed in a safe way.

Having sports return is one more thing that shows we are slowly but surely returning to some normalcy.
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