When Will Sports Return? Updated Calendar for 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

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*All league developments and expected timelines listed below were last updated on Monday, May 4.

Just about the entire sports world has been put on hold since March 11, when the NBA was the first domino to fall, cancelling games as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unless you're really into Belarusian soccer, that has likely left you on the edge of your seat looking for updates on when we're going to get sports back. Different leagues have taken different approaches, and The Duel is here to organize all of the latest updates in one place.

When Will MLB Return?

All sides remain confident that baseball will return in 2020, but details are still far from determined. The ship has sailed on speculation around a May start to the season, and commissioner Rob Manfred is not making any public predictions, recently saying "While I fully anticipate that baseball will resume this season, it is very difficult to predict with any accuracy the timeline for the resumption of our season."

When Will PGA Tour Return?

The PGA Tour is reportedly planning to return, with no fans in attendance, on June 11 for the 74th Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

When Will NBA Return?

The most recent update, as of April 16, is that NBA commissioner Adam Silver does not expect to make any decisions until at least May 1. Reports also indicate that even if the league decides to resume play, it could still be almost a month before the first games tip off.

When Will NHL Return?

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says plans are still up in the air, but that he guesses they will be playing in the summer. The plan is to make adjustments, either by playing some regular season games or expanding the playoffs to account for teams that are on the bubble of the postseason and have played different numbers of games.

When Will Tennis Return?

There is no concrete plan on when tennis will return, but the US Open remains scheduled for August 24, with plans to play in empty stadiums. There are, however, expectations that the delay may be longer than that.

When Will UFC Return?

After the UFC's attempt to return in April was cancelled, the UFC will return on May 9 with UFC 249. The card will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, being headlined by two title fights — Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje and Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz.

Will NFL Be Postponed?

The NFL Draft went down as originally scheduled in April. Teams will hold "virtual offseasons" throughout the summer, and no decision has been made on whether the season's start date will be changed.

Will College Football Be Postponed?

The NCAA is still coming up with plans for multiple scenarios, but reports are that there is "strong conviction" that college football will be played this season.

Make sure to keep checking back as this is article is updated with new developments about potential return dates or timelines from each league.

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