Wreck-It Reck: Professional sports delays


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LeBron James, a key player for the LA Lakers, are among the players that will get the nine week long offseason.

Around this time, I get really bored with the constant disappointment of the Lions and look at other NFL teams that I want to watch, but football itself is starting to grow old.
As much as I enjoy football, I get tired of seeing just football, and it is only playing once a week. Hockey and basketball will always guarantee at least two games a week during primetime.
However, due to an ongoing pandemic, those sports will have delayed starts, and while I am showing signs of upset and pain (mostly because we have to deal with watching the Lions lose even more), I wondered why that was the case.
It seems like it’s been ages ago, but the NBA started the Finals on September 30, and ended on October 11, and that was eleven days away from when they started the year before on October 22, 2019.
Their season starts on December 22, so that means some teams will have at least nine weeks to prepare for the upcoming season, and when compared to the season before, that is significantly less than the break that they had in the season prior.
The NBA started their 2018-2019 season on October 22, and ended it on April 10. They had about twenty-nine weeks before they started the 2019-2020 season. However, this year they only have nine weeks to prepare for the upcoming season, which will have to make the teams prepare their plans quicker, and they also have to deal with COVID-19 restrictions in some states as well.
While the NBA will be rushing to start their season, the NHL won’t be starting until at least next year.
Although it is only a soft goal, the NHL will be planning to start on January 1, 2021, compared to their start on October 2, 2019.
The NHL had their 2020 season finished earlier on September 21, three months later than last year’s.
This means that the NHL will have four less weeks to prepare for the next season than some teams. Of course, it is primarily the teams that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, but that is still some weeks lost to prepare for a whole new season, along with a very tricky path to follow because of the ongoing pandemic.
Something I don’t understand is why the NBA is in such a rush to get their season started, there can only be so much time for the players to prepare for a season, and some players had a season ending injury last year, and might not be able to play until it’s really late into the season because of this rush.
Not only does this prolong players from playing until later, it could also increase the risk of injury simply because of a lack of preparation. The players go through a lot of practice and training to get to where they are, and most of the training comes from the off-season, which is being cut short.
If they’re doing it to get back with their schedule, that’s fair, but I will have the constant thought that a chance of an injury can and might be higher than any other year for the athletes.
If they are doing it for the fans or money, then it is outright wrong. It’s very cheap and very dangerous.
An example from another sport is linking back to the NFL; they have a roughing-the-passer penalty that can also be a personal foul. Not only because it is unfair to hit the quarterback after a pass, but also because that quarterback is more than likely the star of the team, so if you lose the star player, then the rest is history. Just look at the recent Lions game against the Atlanta Falcons: a crucial fourth down play won by Atlanta, but then lost because of a huge hit to Matthew Stafford after he threw a pass.
You can’t put a star player like LeBron James at risk because he only had nine weeks to rest and prepare for the upcoming season; that’s too short for an athlete like him, who plays an average of 38 out of the 48 minutes in a whole basketball game.
I know, a lot of this cannot be prevented, and maybe a chance of injury is lower for players who play a lot, but if you think about it, these athletes are people too. People need time, especially with the amount of time that they spend training or playing games, even if they make millions a year.