Don't listen to all the other leagues claiming they're first. The first league to come back, which you might not have heard of because it involves women, is the National Women's Soccer League. ESPN has been trying real hard to ignore their existence.
- Announced plans to host a 25-game tournament in Utah (who have seen a spike in cases the last 2 weeks). Tournament starts June 27th with all games available on CBS All Access and some available on CBS (Twitch for international audiences).
- Athletes will be tested 2 days before leaving for Utah, will be quarantined in a hotel and will undergo regular testing, temperature checks, and review symptoms with a team doctor.
- Players can opt out (and to my knowledge still get paid). Of the famous players in the league Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, and Tobin Heath have all pretty much been confirmed as a "no thanks, not showing up".
- No fans in attendance.
- Hosting a 22 game tournament at IMG Academy in Bradenton FL (who have seen a spike in cases in the last 2 weeks) in late July.
- Doesn't give any real details about precautions, housing accommodations and safety procedures are still being negotiated with the league and union; but will probably be some variation of what other leagues are doing: testing before you show up, after you show up, quarantined.
- But there's rumors players are unhappy with some of the terms of the deal being negotiated with the union. They can't bring spouses or children unless they have 5 or more years in the league. Will have some dinky little meal (whereas the NBA will provide personal chefs to each team/player). Will get 100% pay but only if they play.
- Says they will use the tournament to highlight important issues like Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ rights.
- Can watch on ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBA TV.
- They really named it MLS Is Back Tournament
- All 26 MLS teams will participate in a 54 game tournament, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort (where Orlando has seen a spike in cases in the last 2 weeks).
- Have odd game start times because Orlando is hot as balls. There will be three matches held per day at 9 a.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET.
- Once the MLS is Back Tournament is over, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets, followed by the MLS Cup playoffs and the 25th MLS Cup.
- Says they will do regular tests and players will be quarantined in a Disney hotel.
The NBA issued nearly 150 pages of documents to teams and player detailing the plans and rules to restart the season at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. @DanWoikeSports and @AndrewGreif read them so you wouldn't have to https://t.co/WVoaySngTV— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 18, 2020
- Held at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fl (which once again, has seen a spike in cases in the last 2 weeks).
- Can bring a max of 35 people, 17 of which are players; players can bring an entourage, but they get deducted from the teams 35 limit.
- Will get tested upon arrival, must pass 2 tests within a 24 hours apart (they'll stay in their rooms during that time).
- Hotel staff are not required to quarantine and won't undergo testing, they'll just do temperature and symptoms checks before entering the hotel (good idea there, buddy).
- They can go golfing on resort property (can't share equipment or golf carts and have to carry their own shit, no caddies).
- Cant shower at the stadium, have to use their personal hotel shower.
- Teams that advance past the postseason’s first round can reserve up to 17 rooms for guests. Players are responsible to pay for the hotel rooms used by their guests (food and testing is covered by the NBA).
I don't know anything about baseball, but my search makes it seem like they might not be coming back?
SOURCES: NWSL, WNBA, MLS, NBA