How The Coronavirus Has Affected Professional and Recreational Sports

 
A sign stands in front of the Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. There will be empty ballparks on what was supposed to be Major League Baseball's opening day. The start of the regular season is indefinitely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A sign stands in front of the Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. There will be empty ballparks on what was supposed to be Major League Baseball's opening day. The start of the regular season is indefinitely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Typically the spring months are quite busy in the world of sport but with the spread of the coronavirus and stay at home orders has left a gaping hole in the sports world.

For the first time, in what could be ever, the NCAA tournament, NBA and NHL games, the beginning of the baseball season and the Masters Tournament have been canceled or postponed.

Sport has always been about bringing together people who would have not normally been together, it's about a community and many fans have lost that. Especially in times of uncertaintly, sports fans have lost thier comfort food.

As uncertainty around the coronavirus and its implications continue, many are starting to wonder what effect this forced hiatus might have on athletics in the long term. 

Although even if people not able to play an organized sport right now or watch them on TV,that doesn’t mean we can’t still stay active during this time of isolation. Getting exercise is still an important part of staying mentally and physically healthy. 

Guests: Cheryl Raye Stout a sports contributor for WBEZ Chicago. Will Leitch a National Correspondent for MLB.com and the Founder of Deadspin.