Sports leagues seek return to play but with no guarantees

Virus Outbreak Sports Realistic Expectations
Posted at 8:07 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 21:07:34-04

Sports fans hoping for a fast return to the games they love might need to temper their expectations. Although sports leagues talk publicly about their desire to return to competition before summer, those are best-case scenarios.

The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe for their assessments of the situation. In regards to baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred will allow teams to furlough or reduce pay of non-playing personnel on Monday. Though the ballplayers aren’t affected, managers, coaches and front office members could be.

They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what's needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.