It’s been a rough few months for sports fans with so little to watch of late amid the coronavirus outbreak. But good news: Many of the major U.S. pro sports leagues are back in action. Here are some of the highlights – and where you can check them out.
Major League Baseball
Baseball season is finally here, albeit in stadiums featuring cardboard fans and fake crowd noise. The 60-game schedule was carefully crafted to cut down on travel and limit potential COVID-19 exposure. Teams will be playing regional schedules against teams from either the same division or from the same area of the country.
The NBA’s Disney “Bubble” experiment is underway in Orlando. Twenty-two of the league’s 30 teams are back at it after the NBA suspended its season back in March. The first few weeks are devoted to deciding the league’s 16-team playoff bracket. The playoffs kick off Aug. 17 and concludes with the NBA Finals, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 30.
The NHL jumped straight to the playoffs with its restart, with the top 24 teams from games played before COVID-19 shelved the season making the postseason tournament. All Eastern Conference games will be held in Toronto, while all Western Conference games will take place in Edmonton.
One of the earliest major sports to return to action in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, NASCAR has been in full swing for a while thanks to its social distancing-friendly nature. The playoffs begin in September, so the action is really starting to pick up now.
Where to watch: NBC, NBC Sports Network | See the full schedule
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