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The state of sports in the USA

Signs that sports in the US are getting back to normal are beginning to show, with the restart of MMA, boxing and golf.

There are plans in place for the big American sports to resume, although not all have a timescale yet, but the relevant authorities are getting ready to get the show back on the road.

There is good news for American Football fans as, the timing of the pandemic coincided with the off-season.

It did, of course, throw things up in the air but the NFL pressed ahead with a social-distancing, stay-at-home draft, which was generally well received, and the intention is to play a normal season as scheduled,

The big kick-off is set for Thursday, September 10, with the defending Super Bowl champions, Kansas City Chiefs, strong favourites to see off the Houston Texans.

The plan is to play a full 17-week season with the last game of the regular campaign on January 3, although there are contingency arrangements should the season need to be curtailed.

Other sports have no definite date of a return to action, although proposals are being considered.

In MLB, there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel at the moment, with suggestions that a curtailed 60-game season will not be agreed to by the players’ union.

This could result in commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implementing a campaign, although a spike of coronavirus cases in important baseball states means that there is still some way to go in reaching a conclusion.

The NHL has already confirmed a Return to Play Plan with 24 teams set to contest qualification for the postseason, with the top-four teams in each conference receiving a bye into the first round of the playoffs.

The rest will play qualification series’ to determine who will also reach the first round, with all the games set to take place at two as-yet-undetermined “hub” locations.

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