What Are Sports Writers Writing About Without Sports?

By Bryan Bizzaro

During this time of pandemic due to COVID-19 pandemic, the sports world has come to a screeching halt. Every major sports league in the United States has gone into a hiatus. With this happening, it would seem that sports writers would have nothing to write about, but that is very far from the truth.

Sports writers are still writing about sports because in sports there are always stories, from NFL free agency to predicting what the standings are going to look like at the end of the MLB regular season. Sports writers are writing about how the NFL has changed the draft to a virtual format and how this affects the teams and the aspiring athletes. Other sports writers are writing about the MLB coming back in mid-May and starting spring training then and how this will affect the rest of the season.

Dealing with UFC is a whole different story. These writers are the only ones who have their sport to cover because UFC commissioner Dana White announced that UFC 249 will happen. This is a major story because this is the only sporting even that is happening or has happened in the past few weeks in the United States.

In my opinion, the best stories being covered during this time in the sports world are how the MLB will change its schedule for the regular season and the postseason. For me, this is a very interesting topic because baseball is a sport that cannot be played in cold weather. This presents an issue when it comes to delaying the season because normally the World Series is played in the middle of October. Depending where it is played, it may already very cold there.

The topic that least interests me is all of the far-off reaches that sports writers are coming up with on how to play during the pandemic. One story that was written was that the NBA was going to play its playoffs on cruise ships. This is just not going to happen, and reporters need to stop reporting all of the rumors. This, to me, is just not very interesting because any person with any sports sense knows that these things will never happen.

The sports world is flipped upside down and many of the sports reports are doing a great job on keeping sports people entertained and giving out valuable information. With all of this happening, sports writers are in a new place like everyone else, and they are just adjusting to it. Now that it has been a few weeks they are doing what is needed.

Bryan Bizzaro is a student in a Media and Democracy class at St. Bonaventure University.

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