Major League Soccer’s postponement of regular season play is extending towards May 10th. This followed after a series of recommendations were enlisted by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. These guidelines were implemented to ensure greater safety for public citizens during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It should be noted that these recommendations extend towards Canadian-MLS Teams as well.
Representatives with Major League Soccer released a formal statement through online sources, refusing to hold a press conference during this horrifying period in history. Their account expressed that guidelines implemented by the CDC request that sporting events with 50+ people be postponed for two months. We’ve agreed to these requests and extended our suspended season. We’ll continue to focus on playing the full 2020 MLS Season and are currently evaluating our options. This’ll include moving the championship cup venues until December 2020. Continuation into the next season wouldn’t be delayed.
Professional football matches throughout the globe have been terminated following the novel coronavirus pandemic. Multiple leagues have suspended their seasons and postponed regular games. It’s becoming a logistical nightmare on how to continue profits for investors during this unknown period in history. Financial costs are quickly adding up and forcing multiple clubs to take out loans. Notable leagues with suspended seasons include Major League Soccer, the Premier League, the EFL and UEFA.
The last European-based Football League that announced they’re suspending their respective season as Bundesliga. They’ve reported that $1.2 Billion in profits have been lost following the postponed season. Similar losses have been seen for the Premier League, which confirmed that broadcasting revenue has dropped by $1.3 Billion for Sky Sports. The overall losses for the Premier League weren’t approved. When it applies to Major League Soccer, the impact could be more significant without any government-bailouts coming. Team owners will become responsible for paying their athletes during this unconventional period. That’s why a full season with scheduled games are being demanded.
It should be mentioned that MLS, the Premier League and EFL have also terminated training sessions. Players have been informed to remain in self-isolation and not commit to any physical activity. When these footballers to return after Covid-19, their respective skillsets won’t be honed and could potentially prompt unprofessional football.