The news out of Canada’s capital of Ottawa isn’t good for the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball, when it comes to the product going again.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he doesn’t expect business to come back to normal before July. That means more to the NHL than the NBA and Major League Baseball (MLB) since while the NHL has teams in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Calgary, the NBA and the MLB have just one franchise in the whole country that in Toronto.
The Canadian Football League announced on March 30 that its member teams wouldn’t open training camps. The CFL camps were planned to start on May 11 and the WNBA is sidelined. The NHL and NBA are trying to finish the 2019-2020 season and playoffs. Meanwhile, the MLB would like to begin the 2020 season in the summer.
According to the New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, the NBA and NHL might not be able to use the Brooklyn arena or Madison Square Garden until the late summer. Reports show that the NHL is looking around the US and Canada to see whether the league can book the arena in July. A report also shows that the NBA might be interested in Las Vegas. Another report has the MLB starting the season with no fans. There is a financial incentive to get the leagues taking place. TV can pay bills. Television fees. Satellite and cable TV subscribers are still paying for sports products in spite of the fact that there is no new sports product. Due to past labor shutdowns, cable and satellite TV subscribers are not likely to get a refund for not getting new programming. That money is rolling into the teams and leagues and the leagues are in suspended animation.