It was another week of slowly seeing the sports world creep back to operation.
The PGA Tour is concluding its second tournament back to play, with no fans in attendance, but it is back to the TV screens on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Of the major four sports, only Major League Baseball has yet to come to an agreement between the owners and players union for a return to action.
The NFL, the most powerful and popular league in the country, has yet to be seriously impacted, except for the draft combine and draft coverage. That is not to say that it won’t be impacted heavily come the fall when it looks to begin its season. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the country, cautions CNN that the NFL needs to have a plan in place to operate in a bubble without fans in attendance; much like the NBA is planning on doing, in order to begin their season.
In other NFL news, for the first time ever in its fifteen year history, HBO’s Hard Knocks will feature two NFL teams. Both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, who are set to share the new five billion dollar SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, will be featured on the five week program beginning August 11. This makes perfect sense for the NFL and the city of Los Angeles, who look to rebuild fan bases for these franchises in the second biggest market in the country.
Other news stories featured this week see the Brazil’s president placing TV rights decisions back in the hands of the clubs themselves and the Russian Premier League agreeing to a new TV deal in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.