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When will major sport leagues return?


When will major sport leagues return?

Sport across the globe ground to a halt in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As safety measures have increased, sports fans and bettors have begun to wonder; when will major sports leagues return? This article will be regularly updated with all of the information you need about when different sports will return around the world.

Note: This article was last updated on May 18, 2020.

Soccer

The Bundesliga is currently the only major soccer league that has officially returned. The German top flight and second division resumed play on May 16, with Bundesliga odds now available on Pinnacle. You can also read our Bundesliga predictions article or listen to Pinnacle's Bundesliga Insights podcast to help you make informed decisions before betting on this weekend's action.

Other soccer leagues, such as the Belarus Premier League and K League are also still running with Belarus Premier League odds and K League odds also available on Pinnacle.

When will the Premier League be back?

The UK Government has cleared for the Premier League to return on June 1. However, this start date is far from confirmed with the league still in discussion with teams about how to guarantee the safety of its players when the action returns. 

Premier League clubs have issued a statement that they hope to give their players the go-ahead to return to training in small groups this week, but it is currently looking likely that the June 12 date for matches to resume again might need to be pushed back.

We will continue to provide notable updates on when the Premier League will be back when they are available. 

When will Serie A resume?

The Serie A was the first of Europe’s major soccer leagues to be postponed when fixtures were called off in late February. Despite a high number of COVID-19 cases in the country, it seems that the resumption of the league is now more plausible than first thought. 

Subject to government approval, Serie A has been given the tentative return date of June 13. Following a Government address on Sunday May 17, rules state that if one player or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the entire group has to go into an automatic 15-day quarantine.

Serie A teams were supposed to go back into group training sessions as of today May 18, but as things stand, Serie A teams are not yet prepared to allow group training sessions and will continue with individualised training regimes for their players.

This article will be updated on a daily basis, so you can continue to check back for the latest information on when the return of Serie A.

When will La Liga start again?

Spain’s La Liga is in a similar position to the domestic league in Italy, the country has suffered dramatically in terms of its infection rate, but the return of its major sports leagues is now being planned for. It appears La Liga and Serie A are looking to resume competitive action at the same time as the Spanish FA hopes to resume games, pending government approval, on June 12.

President of La Liga Javier Tebas was quoted telling media outlet Movistar that “I’d like it [the restart date] to be 12 June...But we have to be careful. It will depend on many factors such as a potential rise in infections, factors which don’t depend on football but on Spanish society.

La Liga clubs have been granted permission to move from individual training to group sessions of up to 14 players next week, with a staggered return to full training being forecasted before the end of May.

Different areas of Spain have different procedures and lockdown measures, with clubs inside 'Phase 0' areas like Madrid and Barcelona only being allowed to increase training numbers up to only ten at this stage

Updates will continue to be monitored in this article so check back here to get up to speed with the return of La Liga.

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Tennis

The ATP and WTA announced in mid-March that their professional tennis tours would be suspended until at least June 7, but this has since been extended until July 13. This has obviously impacted numerous events. Given that tennis is played in a way that results in no contact between players (in singles matches at least), a return to action should be a lot easier to manage compared to other sports.

When will the ATP and WTA tennis season start?

We are currently at the point of the ATP tour where some of the biggest events in the tennis calendar (outside of Grand Slams) would be played. The Madrid Open and Italian Open are both ATP Tour Masters 1000 events and usually take place in May. These would be followed by a few smaller clay court events before the French Open.

The same can be said for the WTA tour as it closely reflects the men’s tour with the Madrid Open, Italian Open and two lower ranked events before the French Open at the end of May. 

The current planned return date would make the Hamburg European Open on July 13 the first ATP event after the tour postponement caused by COVID-19. The first event for the WTA tour would be the Bucharest Open on July 15. 

What tennis majors will be played this year?

In addition to the ATP and WTA tour events, a lot of tennis fans and bettors have been looking forward to when the tennis majors will return. The Australian Open has already been played and Wimbledon has officially been cancelled. This leaves the French Open and US Open that would normally take place in May and August respectively.

The French Open will now take place between September 20 and October 4, with a very high likelihood that no fans will be able to attend. As for the US Open, it seems that tournament organisers are still committed to the original start date of August 31 with no announcement yet made about any changes to the schedule or fans attending the event.

Basketball

Many sports and leagues around the world have simply postponed the action until further notice. In addition to this, there are some competitions that have been completely cancelled, such as this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament.

Although college basketball has completely stopped, hope still remains for biggest league in the sport (the NBA) to start up again and finish its season. The safety of players is paramount but with a rigorous testing system, it seems like the prospect of watching and betting on competitive basketball games is getting closer and closer.

When will the NBA return?

The 2019-20 NBA season began an indefinite hiatus on March 11 after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19. At the time of the hiatus, most teams had played between 63-65 out of the 82 regular season games.

Commissioner Adam Silver initially said the suspension would last at least 30 days, but a mid-to-late-June return is now looking like a best-case scenario. On May 8, the NBA allowed players to re-enter team facilities for voluntary workouts, but there is currently no fixed date of return.

There is still hope that the regular season and postseason can still be played out. Proposals of “bubble” sites such as Orlando and Las Vegas where teams would be housed to play out the season have been put forward. As of yet, there is no confirmation on how the league will manage the remainder of the season.

Updates will continue to be monitored in this article so check back here to get all the latest NBA news.

Baseball

When will the 2020 MLB season start?

The current aim for the MLB season to start is for early July, with the season potentially beginning on the weekend of July 4.

MLB has delayed the start of the 2020 season, which was originally due to begin on March 26. It is likely that the season will be shortened due to the delay, however the league has committed to playing as many games as possible during 2020. 

Currently an 82-game regular season is looking most likely with fixtures played behind closed doors.

Other baseball leagues

In Japan the NPB hopes to begin play sometime in June 2020. While in Korea, the baseball season is already underway with the KBO starting its season in early May and KBO odds already available at Pinnacle.

Golf

Golf is another sport with a 2020 calendar that has been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Numerous high-profile tournaments have been cancelled or postponed, and as of May 18 the only notable competitions running between now and the PGA Championship (which begins on August 6) is the European Ladies Amateur Championship and World Golf Championship FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

However, the sport has commenced efforts to raise money for charity. Golf legends are teaming up with NFL stars for The Match – Champions for Charity on May 24. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning will be facing Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in an 18-hole match using better ball rules for the front nine holes and modified alternate shot on the back nine. The odds favour Woods and Manning at 1.492*, while Mickelson and Brady are 2.650*.

When will the golf majors be played?

All four of the golf majors have undergone rescheduling or cancellations this year. The PGA Championship has been moved from May 14-17 to August 6-9, when it will still be held at the TPC Harding Park but will now serve as the only major of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

The US Open has been pushed back from June 18-21 to September 17-20 and will still be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. The Masters has moved from April 9-12 to November 12-15 and will be contested at the Augusta National Golf Club. The Open has been cancelled until 2021, when it will take place at this year’s intended venue of Royal St George’s.

Aside from the majors, among the other significant golf tournaments set to take place this year is the Ryder Cup, which is still scheduled for September 25-27 at the Whistling Straits course in Wisconsin. Team Europe are 2.210* to defend their trophy while the US are 1.704* to win on home soil.

Football

American football is one sport that has gone largely unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the scheduling of seasons across the NFL and NCAA. The 2020 seasons for these leagues were due to start in September and late August respectively, and these dates are still in place until further notice from the league.

What will happen with the NFL season?

While NFL games are yet to be impacted like other sports, the NFL draft did have to shift from the live in-person spectacle we’ve witnessed in previous years to a video conference-based virtual event.

The NFL schedule was released on May 7 and can perhaps be seen as a signal of intent from the league to stick to the original start date for the season. As the start of the season approaches, we may learn more about delays, the removal of bye weeks to free up time to conclude the season in the normal time or an amended schedule.

As yet, there is limited information to be officially released by the NFL but this article will be updated as soon as any relevant news breaks.

Pinnacle does have NFL MVP odds, Super Bowl Winner odds and NFL Regular Season Wins odds already available.

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