Germany’s Bundesliga Could Return In Less Than Three Weeks
Okay everybody stayyyy calm. Remain calm. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Now is *not* the time to get all cocky and start jumping the gun. We need to remain calm, cool, collected, level-headed, and proceed with caution.
All that said: OH MY GOD IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING SPORTS MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF RETURNING WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.
I know what all you non-soccer-watching folk are thinking: “Eric, my guy, it’s German soccer — who cares?” Fair. I understand you may not enjoy the footy as much as I do. But the what (soccer) isn’t really the point here, it’s the when, and that when could reportedly be soon.
According to a recent statement from Markus Soder, the Bavarian Prime Minster, the Bundesliga — which is the top division in German soccer — could return behind closed doors as early as May 9, which is exactly 18 days from the time of this writing.
“The prerequisite is that there is a well thought-out concept. What the DFL has presented these days shows that protective measures are in place. I could imagine that we can go back to the state of the games with no fans,” North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minster Armin Laschet, according to BILD.
“Games with audience participation are completely unthinkable. Ghost games are also a tightrope walk. It is conceivable that we might be able to play such a ghost round at the earliest from May 9,” Soder added.
So what does this mean for sports in the United States? Simply put, it sets a precedent: if one of the world’s biggest sports leagues — which the Bundesliga certainly is — can figure out a way to resume play, so can the various American professional sports leagues. And that, my friends, is a fantastic sign. Sit tight just a little bit longer and we could be watching sports again by June.
Eric is a New York City-based and New Jersey-born 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