It’s a horrible week to be a soccer hater. Thanks to Germany’s genuinely incredible containment of our current global situation — according to NBC Sports, Germany have 150,000 cases reported across the country and 6,300 deaths confirmed, while “Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom have all recorded close to or just over 30,000 deaths each.” The Germans, man, good for them — those numbers are staggering.
As a result of their prudent and swift response to this once-in-a-century event, the nation’s biggest sports league — the Bundesliga — is set to be the first major European soccer league to resume play, as the government has given the league the approval to resume play on Saturday, May 16.
Seeing as the Bundesliga is the biggest European sports league to resume in this new world, that means it’s the biggest sports league in the world currently in operation, as all of the United States’ various leagues remain dormant. And right now, whether you like it or not, it’s all you got.
Even if you aren’t necessarily a soccer fan, I can promise you this: the Bundesliga returning gives us something legitimate to gamble on. No longer do you have to watch Polish ping-pong at 1:30 in the morning. Bundesliga games, which kick off next weekend, take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It may not be your sports, but it sports all the same.
As far as I can tell, there’s no reason these Bundesliga games won’t be airing on their usual American channel, which is Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and the occasional appearance on Big Boy Fox.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him firstname.lastname@example.org