From August 1st in North America they will also come back to play hockey. The National Hockey League has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Players' Association for the resumption of the championship, which had stopped since last March due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.
As with the NBA, two bubbles will be created in two unconfirmed cities, but they are talking about Edmonton and Toronto, with 12 teams per conference. The four best placed in the standings will play a round robin to establish the starting grid in the playoffs, while the other eight will compete in the series to the best of the five challenges to qualify for the first round.
NHL and NHLPA have also agreed to extend the collective agreement until 2026, which expires on September 15, 2022. The new employment agreement should ensure that players can participate in the Olympics.
Baseball is also ready to go
Major Leagie Baseball is also ready to go.
Nationals, winners of last year's World Series, will begin the unusual Major Leagie Baseball regular season 2020 in short version. According to the schedule, presented last night, the reigning Nats champions will host the Yankees in Washington on July 23th, the day in which the series between Dodgers and Giants will also open in Los Angeles.
The next day there will be the other matches that will kick off this strange season, compromised but not stopped by the Coronavirus. At first glance, the already announced preference for the challenges between geographically close teams appears clear.
After the Opening Night, the 60 games of the regular season will take place, consisting of 40 matches between teams of the same Division and 20 Interleague challenges against teams of the corresponding Division (East against East, Central against Central and West against West).
The Divisional Games will consist of 10 matches for each team (series of 3) according to the scheme that foresees 6 home games and 4 away games, or 7 home games and 3 away games. The Interleague challenges will see 6 games against the natural rival (for example the city challenges Yankees-Mets or Cubs-White Sox), divided into two series of 3 to be played equally at home and away, and 4 matches each against other two opponents of the corresponding Division, also distributed equally with 2 internal and as many external challenges.
The series will end between franchises of different leagues, a home game of 3 games against a fourth team and an away game of 3 games against the fifth and last opponent.