Missing Live Sports? These Competition-Driven Alternatives Will Help Fill the Void

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As colleges closed in March amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) also called it quits, ending various sports seasons early — and just before March Madness. Apart from busting brackets, the novel coronavirus caused the National Basketball Association (NBA) to blow the whistle on the rest of the 2019-20 season. When March 26 rolled around, baseball parks remained shuttered, even though it was meant to be Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Opening Day.

All of these measures were for the best: Several NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 and, moreover, as this news was breaking, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were insistent that folks shouldn’t meet up in groups — let alone stadium-sized crowds — as that would only help spread the threatening virus. Of course, not seeing live sports, in-person or via broadcast, is a small price to pay when it comes to mitigating and slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Nonetheless, it’s strange to flick on ESPN and see, well, reruns. If you’re missing competitive sports — and can’t keep arguing with your quarantine buddy about if Dottie dropped the ball on purpose or not in A League of Their Own — we have a few recommendations to help fill the sports-shaped hole in your viewing schedule.