US sports industry grappling with new spike in Covid-19 cases

Major League Baseball was particularly hard hit as positive tests were reported within a matter of hours on June 19 at training facilities for the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros in Florida, and training facilities for the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants were also closed following several players reported experiencing symptoms from the virus.

The Phillies shut down their training facility in Clearwater, Florida, late last week after five players and three staff members working at the site tested positive.

Industry sources said the outbreaks then prompted MLB officials to order the closure of all team training facilities across the entire league to allow for cleaning.

As MLB was grappling with how to manage the virus resurgence, PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney was forced to withdraw from the RBC Heritage in South Carolina ahead of the tournament’s second round after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Among the schools impacted were prominent entities within the sport including Alabama, Clemson, defending national champion Louisiana State, Michigan, and Texas.

“Can’t say I am surprised, given the state’s approach to reopening…While we take some solace knowing our players will not travel commercially to get to Orlando, that access to the campus is severely limited, and of course, all of the other health and safety protocols in place, the numbers will keep our attention,” Roberts said.

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