From rising coronavirus cases in Texas, Arizona, and Florida to Dr. Fauci weighing in on the MLB's timeline, here are the top stories shaping sports and business news on Wednesday, June 17.
The Premier League
The English Premiere League, regarded as the richest soccer league in the world, will resume its season later today.
The League had to hit the pause button on its season back in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Upon reopening, no fans are permitted to enter stadiums.
According to MarketWatch, all players and team personnel have been tested twice a week for the coronavirus for the last month and there have been just 16 positive tests out of 8,687 people.
“Black Lives Matter” will replace players’ names on the back of League jerseys for the first 12 matches.
Worldwide, there are over 8.2 million cases of the virus, with over 445,000 deaths. The U.S. has 2.1 million cases, with over 117,000 deaths. Brazil has over 923,000 cases, with 45,000 reported deaths.
This week, Florida, Texas, and Arizona have set daily records for new cases. On Tuesday, Florida recorded nearly 2,800 new cases. However, Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, said that Florida will not be shutting down again despite hitting new daily records three days in a week.
Nine Texas mayors have sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott asking to require masks. The mayors included are from Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, among others. On Tuesday, Texas also announced a record breaking number of new cases at 2,600.
And Arizona, on Tuesday, reported nearly 2,400 new cases, which is a record high.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said that New York City is on track to ease more restrictions as soon as Monday.
This would move New York into Phase II of reopening, and would mean that outdoor dining, some in-store shopping, hair salons, barber shops and even some offices could start reopening. There would be restrictions on capacity and social distancing.
What's Going on With the MLB?
While there’s still no set plan for Major League Baseball to start its season, Dr. Fauci has advised the MLB get things started soon in order to avoid playing in the fall so that there isn’t an overlap between the flu and a possible second wave.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told the Los Angeles Times “I would try to keep it in the core summer months and end it not with the way we play the World Series until the end of October when it’s cold.”
Fauci did not mention the NFL and College Football. The regular football season historically takes place from September through December with the post-season played in January and early February. According to Fauci’s statement, that’s the exact timeframe that he is advising the MLB not play any games.
As TheStreet reported earlier in the week, several members of the Cowboys and Texans, including running back Ezekiel Elliott, tested positive for COVID-19.
If Fauci’s assessment is correct, the MLB is increasing the likelihood of playing in a coronavirus danger zone with each passing day.