April 8, 2020
Staying up to date with all the latest developments impacting the global sports industry, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 organizers have cancelled the exhibition of the Olympic Flame, which was due to be on display in Fukushima until the end of April.
Produced in collaboration between NBA Digital and broadcaster Turner Sports, the NBA Together Live program gives viewers a chance to pose questions to special guests throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Hosted by Turner’s Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson, the live show will be aired on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the US. In addition to the live Q&A, the NBA has also committed to streaming archived games across all its official social media platforms every night.
Stepping in as the show’s first guest on 6th April, NBA commission Adam Silver said that the league was contemplating several scenarios surrounding a potential return to play, but told viewers that he does not expect the league to be able to make any decisions about its immediate future until at least May.
Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington has said the “common consensus” is that the Ryder Cup will not take place as planned unless fans are able to attend at Whistling Straits in the US. The event is still set to be held from 25th to 27th September. Harrington’s comments come after this year’s four golf majors have already been cancelled or postponed.
Premier League players are reportedly set to start negotiations on a club-by-club basis over proposed wage cuts, after talks aimed at a collective pay deal in response to the coronavirus pandemic broke down. England’s top-flight had proposed a 30 per cent pay cut, but the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)believed this would harm the National Health Service (NHS) due to lost tax contributions.
Despite coming under criticism for trying to press ahead with events during the health crisis, the promotion is now slated to return on 18th April with UFC 249 at an unnamed location, after which Dana White hopes to stage fights every week.
“I’m a day or two away from securing a private island,” White continued. “I have a private island that I’ve secured. We’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so I’m going to start doing the international fights too, with international fighters.
The Formula One Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest race to be postponed, the ninth affected so far for the 2020 season. It was due to be held on 14th June on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. An alternative date at the earliest opportunity in the summer is being sought out.