Category: NHL

COVID 19 By the Numbers

          By: Austin Maki      

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Empty Scotiabank Arena, what will be the new norm during the Pandemic

The novel Corona virus, or as it is popularly known as COVID 19, has caused an upheaval in society not seen since the world wars. The short-term effects are being felt presently, the long-term ramifications though will be felt for years to come. We here at Sports Aces website are a sports-based website and we of course we mainly want to focus on the sports side of this. There is however a very real human impact as well.  Let us look at some numbers to try to put in perspective how devastating COVID 19 has been for not only sports, but the entire world.

4.71 Million: Worldwide cases of COVID, including 77,309 confirmed cases in Canada.

15 percent: The amount of the schedule that remained in the NHL regular season before the season was cancelled due to the pandemic. How that gets made up is yet to be determined. The NBA on the other hand had 21 percent of the regular season remaining.

$610,000: The amount of money Major League Baseball is losing from every missed home game this season according to the numbers released by the owners. The MLB season was supposed to start on March 26th and is still yet to get under way.

10,000: That is the number of COVID-19 tests per week Major League Baseball would is hoping to administer and process to return to play. This includes overhauling stadiums and in-game settings to encourage social distancing and play during the pandemic. With testing in the United States limited already, this seems ambitious.

40-5: 40 and 5 represent the amount of rounds that the MLB draft used to be and what it will be, for this season at least because of COVID. What this does to the farm systems of teams and development of baseball players in general.

6.3 million: The viewers for the first episode for the Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” in the United States. The single highest ratting for any television event since the Pandemic started. This number shows how desperate people were to consume anything sports related or new.

25-30 million: The amount of money the salary cap could go down in the National Basketball Association is current economic trends continue due to Corona. The ramifications this would have on team building are almost impossible to comprehend. What would this mean for free agents, or players who recently signed an extension is equally unknown.

1945: The last time Wimbledon was cancelled due to World War 2. It was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

$869 million: The amount of money the NCAA lost by cancelling the 2020 NCAA tournament. This event makes up almost 3 quarters of the organization’s income. We can take issue with the NCAA’s amateur model, but without question, the loss of so much income will have ripple effects extending to many other college sports.

30 million: Americans have filed unemployment claims since midMarch, the highest number since the great depression of 1918. While not specifically a sports related stat, these are the people that consume sport for entertainment. If they have no disposable income because they do not have a job, where does sport fit into that.  As of the beginning of May, 15 percent of the American work force did not have a job. While Canada has avoided such disastrous numbers thus far, experts predict it might not to be far away. Sports will directly feel this.

$5 million: The amount money raised for COVID related relief projects on May 17th by Rory McIlory, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Mathew Wolf in a televised skin game.

14 Days: The amount of time any international citizen would have to Self Isolate if entering Canada. After the 14-day period they would be able to rejoin team activities.  

150 million: The amount of money the CFL has asked from the Canadian Federal government to cover operating costs across the next two seasons. The CFL revealed teams were bleeding money at a staggering rate, collectively losing anywhere from $10 to $20 million last season. A major part of there income come from gate revenue, which even with a season, would not exist. The existence of the league itself may be in jeopardy.

Mid-2021: The date Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become available. A vaccine would normally take years, if not decades, to develop. Researchers hope to achieve the same amount of work in only a few months. That would be a huge scientific feat and there are no guarantees it will work.

MOCK TWEET: The numbers behind the COVID 19 pandemic paints a dark picture. In this article we look at some of those numbers and what the mean going forward.

Sports and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sports teams and facilities brace for COVID-19 outbreak by sterilizing facilities.

By: Victoria Femia

For the past two month the world came to a screeching halt as the COVID-19 pandemic took over. Businesses shutdown, people are isolated in their homes, and one of the biggest things to happen, happened.  

Every sport shutdown completely. 

After a couple months of putting plans and protocols into place it seems like pro sports are finally looking to make a comeback. Fans everywhere are excited and hopeful for the return of seeing their favourite sport but there could be downfalls to sports seasons resuming. 

It’s important to look at how this all began for different leagues, what’s next and how this will affect the athletes as well as the franchises.

NBA

The NBA was the first major league to make a decision to suspend the league indefinitely. The decision came after Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, became the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. 

The news of a player testing positive for the virus came minutes before tip-off between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz. The league postponed the game and shortly after they postponed the season. 

From then 13 other NBA players have tested positive for the virus including Kevin Durant, Marcus Smart and Gobert’s teammate, Donovan Mitchell. Fast Forward two months later, the league is 2-4 weeks away from making a decision on whether to resume the season or not. But resuming the season begs the question of, is it safe to play? 

A group of superstars in the league, including LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony David and others, had a private conference call and the consensus was that all players are in favor of returning to play. 

One main thing Commissioner Adam Silver is looking to do is to find a “hub city” to host all the NBA games to limit player travel. 

The only thing that is for sure is that if/when the season resumes there will be no fans in the audience.

NHL

Following the suspension of the NBA season, the NHL quickly followed and suspended their season with 189 regular season games remaining.  A total of 4 unnamed players have tested positive in the league, two from the Ottawa Senators and two from the Colorado Avalanche. 

Unlike the AHL, who cancelled their season and the Calder Cup, the NHL seems to be taking a different route with their season. It looks like the league will be resuming as per NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, he came out saying that cancelling the season “is not something I’m even contemplating.”

“I believe that if the right time comes, and the right circumstances, based on all of the options that we’re considering and our ability to execute them, we’ll get this season done,” Bettman said. 

Much like the NBA, the NHL is looking for a hub city for the season to resume. It is also very likely that they would skip the regular season jumping straight into playoffs with a 24-team playoff structure. 

An infectious disease specialist believes hockey may have to take extra precautions to be played safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. The doctor relayed a list of suggestions to TSN, including full face shields, no fighting, and no spitting.

MLB

The MLB didn’t even get a chance to finish their spring training before the Coronavirus shut them down. 

The league is now making plans to resume the season, but many complications will follow. In order to resume the season there cannot be any fans in the stadium for safety purposes which is a main factor in the players pay cuts.

The MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke publicly about the health and safety plans that the league is creating to submit to the players’ union. Manfred also says that if they don’t play this season the losses for the owners could approach $4 billion. 

Some MLB players would rather the season be cancelled because of all the complications that come with resuming the season. 

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays was one player who voiced his opinion about the matter. He took to his personal Twitch account to say playing this season is not worth it with all the pay cuts and not being able to see his family. 

Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies backed up Snell’s comments saying, “Someone has to say it.”

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Blues Cup Run the Epitome of ‘The Year of the Improbable’

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St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson poses with the Stanley Cup next to her favourite player, Blues defenceman Colton Parayko (Courtesy: NHL)

By: Ben Browne

2019 had no shortage of spectacular sporting storylines – Tiger Woods’ Masters victory, the Washington Nationals first World Series, the Raptors first NBA title, and many others.

The St. Louis Blues were one of those “other” storylines, as, on June 12, St. Louis captured its first ever Stanley Cup with a dominant 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at the ever-hostile TD Garden in Boston.

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It’s Time To Notice Racism in Hockey

 

Discussing racism in the sport of hockey.

By: Raegan Subban

Chase Hardwell talking to teammates at practice

Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another. Racism in the form of discrimination persists in society. It is one of the major issues which occurs at many different levels in certain fields. In sports, racism is happening more often, also becoming a much bigger problem.

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