U.S. Sports Pushing For Summer Return

The news that some professional sports may soon be staged in the United States will be music to the ears of fans all around the world.

The recent decision by Florida governor Ron DeSantis to rule that the WWE is an "essential service" has opened the door for other states to follow suit over the next few weeks.

Representatives for DeSantis have claimed that the WWE was handed the status because it is hugely critical to Florida's economy. Other major sports in North America may now try and exploit that ruling in order to try and get themselves back up-and-running. Read on as we look at the latest state-of-play.

UFC scheduled to return in May

UFC boss Dana White was eager to stage UFC 249 during April, but eventually succumbed to pressure from television executives and cancelled the event.

The company's next pay-per-view card is UFC 250 which was originally scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9.
White has been working on being able to host events in alternative venues including the interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

Ferguson is the odds-on favourite with Olybet to win that fight and keep himself on track for an eagerly-awaited bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Major leagues still considering their options

The NHL has said it is committed to finishing the 2019-20 season and will play through the summer in order to complete all its fixtures.
Commissioner Gary Bettman hasn't ruled out the possibility of using neutral venues in order to ensure the successful competition of the campaign.

NBA bosses have been making similar noises about their remaining games, while the MLB is also looking at a summer start for its 2020-21 season.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be a three-day virtual event, with the season proper scheduled to start in its normal autumn slot.

PGA Tour returns in June

The PGA has confirmed a revised schedule for the rest of the year which will kick-off with an event in Texas on June 11. The Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth will be the first of four tournaments on the Tour that will be staged behind closed doors.

Fans will be barred from the RBC Heritage, Travelers Championship, and Rocket Mortgage Classic, but could be allowed into events thereafter.

The John Deere Classic at Silvis, Illinois, may be the first tournament to have spectators on the course, but the PGA won't make a final decision on this until discussing the matter with local authorities.

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