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Major league sports may return sooner than anticipated

The concourse at Coca-Cola Park will be empty Friday night, because the Lehigh Valley IronPigs' 2020 home opener, like every other sporting event, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (TNS)

Officials for professional sports are actively working to configure potential plans to return all operations, despite the risks of COVID-19. The state of Florida announced April 14 that all live sports are deemed as essential services, which allows any league to take their suspended calendar events to closed arenas and fields.

The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour announced April 16 there will be a revised schedule of suspended events that will continue on later this year with no access for fans. The 2019-20 PGA Tour will resume on June 8 and will continue through Sept. 7.

The National Football League will still continue its 2020 NFL Draft, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will host the event on television from his household. The draft will commence on April 23 at 8 p.m.

The National Basketball Association is also searching for possibilities of a return, as rumors sparked that a 25-day plan to return from the season suspension is currently under wraps. The hopes are that if this plan is executed, players would undergo an 11-day individual workout period, and the remaining 14 days would consist of league-wide training camps. Of course, if scheduled events resume, fans would not be allowed access to the arenas.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with CBS Sports about a possible return of the 2020 season, mentioning that, “the only real plan that we have is that baseball is not going to return until the public health situation has improved to the point that we’re comfortable.”

Millions of individuals, including sports fans, are being affected worldwide by the virus. Many are disagreeing with the return of sports if fans are not allowed access due to its novelty, but others are willing to take whatever the leagues can provide entertainment-wise.