Reports indicate that Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend its season as a consequence of the coronavirus, making the league the latest sporting and economic institution to be disrupted as a result of the virus’ hectic spread.
Reporters within the baseball world confirmed Thursday that many league executives and owners are expecting the Commissioner of the league to announce that operations will be suspended, with the start of the regular season delayed.
After a conference call among owners this afternoon, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend spring training. The league likely will delay the beginning of the regular season as well. At this point, it's a formality that ownership-level sources expect to happen.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 12, 2020
A suspension of Major League Baseball operations would follow recent suspensions of the NBA and the NHL.
It’s relatively unprecedented for major American sports leagues to simply close up shop. The last time a halt of similar circumstances took place was in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Baseball’s Commissioner, Rob Manfred, has the luxury of suspending play while the league is in the midst of spring training, akin to a pre-season. A disruption during the regular season would prove far more economically damaging to the industry, which supports thousands of American jobs.
The league formally confirmed a suspension on operations on a tweet on Thursday afternoon. Spring training games are cancelled as of Thursday and the regular season is officially delayed by two weeks.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu
— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020
While the suspension of sporting leagues such as Major League Baseball proves an unpleasant development to baseball fans, it’s probably for the best that luxuries such as sports are put on hiatus while American society works to get a hold of the coronavirus threat.
NBA Releases List of “Approved” Social Justice Platitudes for Players to Wear on Jerseys
No Hong Kong or China references.
The National Basketball Association has approved a list of acceptable ‘social justice-‘ themed phrases that players will be permitted to wear on their jerseys during the upcoming season, allowing the league’s millionaire player base to repeat slogans largely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The “approved” social justice phrases are, according to ESPN reporter Marc Spears:
Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
None of the phrases include any reference to the protests in Hong Kong crushed by the People’s Republic of China, a curious omission in light of the league’s crackdown on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Morey had expressed support of the Hong Kong pro-democracy and anti-Communist party demonstrations, only to be quickly silenced and castigated by league officials concerned that Morey’s remarks would cost them lucrative market opportunities in the communist country.
As major American sporting leagues degenerate into little more than a display of politically correct slogans and left-wing ideology, it remains to be seen if they’ll retain the cultural appeal they’ve traditionally had with a wide variety of politically and culturally diverse fans.
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