UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is awaiting the result of a players' vote to approve a 24-team playoff format before discussing options on whether to restart the season. The NHL Players’ Association executive board could release the results of its vote as early as today. Numerous questions remain unanswered. Issues range from where to play to when the league can begin asking players to return to their respective teams. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league has a plan in place. He did not provide details.
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Individual single game tickets went on sale today. The team says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines. The Steelers are scheduled to play 10 games at Heinz Field, beginning with a preseason meeting with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14. The Steelers will make full refunds available “if the NFL or the team cancels a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending.” If games are postponed or rescheduled, the tickets will be valid for the new date.
UNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring football and basketball players back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university. The SEC’s announcement is the latest sign that a college football season in some form will go ahead this fall. The move comes two days after the NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus by football and basketball players at the end of the month.
UNDATED (AP) — A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the 2022 college baseball season. Under the proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. Currently, regular season begins the third week of February and the CWS ends the last week of June. Past efforts to move back the season were rooted in cold-weather schools’ concerns about competitive equity because they had to travel to the South or West to play games the first month of the season. The impetus this time is finances.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's professional soccer league has decided to cancel the season without crowning a champion for the first time in its history due to the uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic. Liga MX announced today that despite having played 10 of the season's 17 dates, it would declare it over without a winner. The league suspended play March 15, more than two weeks after the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Mexico was announced. The league says the restrictions caused by the health emergency made it impossible to continue without putting people at risk.