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NEW YORK (77 WABC) — One way New Yorkers, and the rest of the country, will feel “back to normal” from the coronavirus is the resumption of sports.
But every spring and summer sporting event was cancelled or postponed.
Each of the major leagues are contemplating their next move, with the NFL about to unveil the 2020 schedule.
Ian Eagle, known to millions for his many years calling Nets games on the YES Network, said the NBA “acknowledged that basically everything is on the table.”
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Eagle said the NBA likely has a “number of contigencies in place, based on the calendar, more than anything else.”
But he admitted the league is running out of time to put its product back on the court.
“Clearly, at some point, they would have to get this thing rolling to resume and to complete a post-season, or at least some version of it,” Eagle said.
Eagle’s background knowledge is the league would have to start by early July, backing up a month that would get them “mentally and physically ready.”
The idea of isolating the players and staff without fans has been discussed with the possibility of games in Las Vegas or Orlando, and yet another element of social distancing.
“There would be broadcasters potentially in their home cities in a studio, maybe even robotic cameras,” Eagle said.
With all options and plans listed as possibilities, there is still no definite word that the NBA will get the green light. Eagle waits with the rest of us.
“I truly do not know,” Eagle said. “I know the NBA desperately wants to play. But they also are not going to put their players and any of their staff members in harm’s way.”
If the NBA chooses to reopen with games and minus the spectators, Eagle said that won’t be hard to focus on his job.
“I did Nets games in the mid-90s at the Meadowlands. There weren’t a whole lot of fans inside the arena at times,” Eagle deadpanned.
Eagle, who just won his fifth straight New York Emmy Award for play-by-play, has enjoyed the extended family time. His son, Noah, a sportscaster with the Los Angeles Clippers, and his daughter, studying in Australia, both returned to the nest.
“It’s been a harmonious house,” Eagle joked. “I’ve probably had more dinners consecutively, it’s like a Cal Ripken streak. For me, it is odd. This is the longest I’ve been home consecutively in 26 years.”