Coronavirus cancellations and reactions in sports

Why did the NFL cancel half the preseason? (0:54)

Dianna Russini explains why the NFL decided to shorten the 2020 preseason to two games. (0:54)

As the coronavirus spread around the globe in recent months, tournaments, games and other sporting events were canceled, and others modified.

Here's the latest on how the coronavirus is affecting sports in the U.S. and around the world:


The NFL has shortened its 2020 preseason to two games, a source said, part of a larger acclimatization plan for players after an unprecedented virtual offseason program.


NBA commissioner Adam Silver remains "pretty confident" about the league's plan to safely resume play at the end of July.


Spring training 2.0 ... or summer camp? No matter what you call it, baseball's road back to the field has begun.


Lisbon will host this season's Champions League final on Aug. 23 after UEFA confirmed that the final stages of the 2019-20 competition will be held in the Portuguese capital rather than Istanbul.

Major League Soccer is nearly back, with the aptly named MLS is Back Tournament kicking off July 8.

The Bundesliga became the first of Europe's major soccer leagues to resume playing on May 16. La Liga returned on June 11, the Premier League on June 17 and Serie A on June 20.

Paris Saint-Germain were declared Ligue 1 champions after the Professional Football League (LFP) in France confirmed that the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons had been ended.


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The NHL has shifted its focus to selecting two Canadian hub cities, sources confirmed to ESPN. That would have the NHL resuming its season in Toronto and Edmonton later this summer.


Golf made its return in mid-June at the Charles Schwab Challenge, won by Daniel Berger.

Auto racing

Kevin Harvick won his 50th career race as NASCAR returned at Darlington on May 17.

Scott Dixon won the IndyCar opener with a dominant run at Texas on June 6.

The revamped Formula One season will start at the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5.


UFC 249, which took place without a crowd present on May 9, was one of the first major sporting events in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.


The Summer Games in Tokyo have been postponed -- organizers said the opening ceremony will now take place on July 23, 2021.


The Tour de France has been postponed -- it is now due to start on Aug. 29.


The United States Tennis Association is moving ahead with its plans to play the US Open in its projected time frame, starting on Aug. 31.

Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The French Open has been postponed and is now scheduled to run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.

Horse racing

The 146th Kentucky Derby has been moved from May 2 to Sept. 5. The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3.


Many events have been postponed or canceled, including the Fortnite World Cup.