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Bundesliga and the Coronavirus – What happens next?

Due to the Coronavirus many people can’t go to work.

Unfortunately, this also applies to almost all professional athletes. Some players are diagnosed with the virus and due to the prevention of the spread, all sport events are delayed until further notice. The Bundesliga is also part of this. But what is going to happen to this season? What happens with all the teams who are deep down in the standings and could possibly descend into the second league if it stands as it is? But what about the teams who are about to be promoted into the first league? Many questions need to be answered. We will discuss many of these possible answers and try to give you an overview.

What will happen next in the Bundesliga?

Bundesliga stays at it is – Highly unlikely

As we can see in other sports from all around the world, there is a possibility of just ending the season and not continuing. If they end it and count it as it is now many teams have played only once against another team. Some have even played a game less than others. This does not seem fair because a game against Bayern or Leipzig might be much harder to win against than a game against teams at the bottom of the table. This solution sounds almost impossible.

Only the first half of the season counts – Possible

One of the fairest solutions might be to only count the first half. Everyone has played against everyone, even though the home field advantage is a big factor in many cases such as a derby or even a regular game. However, teams like Bayern who were only in 2nd place or others who used to be at the bottom and increased their performance in the second half might be very angry.

Bundesliga does not count this year – Possible

An option is to not count this season at all. For teams like Werder Bremen or other teams, this would be a good solution because they are threatened to descend into the second league. But teams like Bielefeld, Stuttgart or Hamburg are going to be angry since they have worked so hard to get to the top of the standings in the second league. It is possible that the Bundesliga decides to do this.

No team descends but teams are promoted – Highly possible

An option that makes almost everyone happy is to change the number of the teams in the Bundesliga. The two or three teams from the second league are promoted into the first league but no one is descending. An option that is fair to those who are about to promote but also to those who might be descending. It is likely that for this case only the first half of the season counts.

A small tournament decides who gets to stay – Unlikely

Another option is to play a small tournament which determines the teams who might get promoted or relegated. Which kind of tournament and from when the standings count is another question. That bridge can be crossed when they decide on that option. The teams participating could be the two or three teams from the bottom of the 1st and the top of the 2nd.

The league will continue – Likely

Another option is to just finish up the rest of the games as soon as the virus is under control. This would mean that the teams have more than one game a week and the summer break is cutting short. An option that seems fair to everyone, but it depends on the duration of the break. If spectators are allowed, or the teams can pull this off remains questionable.

What happens next?

There are a lot of possibilities what could happen this year. Of course, not everyone is going to be happy with the decision, but it is better to have an answer to the question than not having one at all. Surely, no one is happy with the current situation either, but it is important to keep the players and especially the general public safe. When there is a definite answer to the question what happens to the Bundesliga, we will update you.

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How the coronavirus has hit global sport

AFP looks at the effects on sport of the coronavirus, which by Friday had killed over 5,000 people while infecting more than 134,000 in 120 countries and territories.

FOOTBALL

— English Premier League suspended all fixtures until April 4, with matches in the English Football League, Women’s Super League, all Scottish football and international friendlies for England and Wales also postponed.

— Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19.

— Spanish club Real Madrid’s players were put in quarantine as La Liga announced Spain’s top two divisions will be suspended for at least two weeks.

— UEFA postponed all Champions League and Europa League games next week.

— In Italy, the hardest-hit European country with 1,016 deaths from COVID-19, all sporting events including Serie A have been suspended until April 3.

AFP/File / EMMANUEL DUNAND Juventus defender Daniele Rugani became the first Serie A footballer to test positive for the coronavirus

— On Wednesday, Juventus defender Daniele Rugani became the first Serie A footballer to test positive with Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini announcing that he had contracted the virus on Thursday.

— French football has been suspended “until further notice”, with the German Bundesliga also put on hold.

— The Netherlands’ Eredivisie has been suspended until March 31.

— Three UEFA Europa League games on Thursday including Manchester United away to LASK Linz had no fans.

— The Netherlands’ friendly against Spain set for March 29 cancelled. The United States has called off friendlies against the Dutch on March 26 and Wales (March 30).

— Other international friendlies to be played behind closed doors include France v Ukraine and Germany v Italy.

— The start of Japan’s J-League was postponed till mid-March while China suspended all domestic football and shelved indefinitely the top-flight Super League season.

— The French League Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon has been called off, with no new date yet fixed, as has the Spanish Copa del Rey final between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao.

— A Euro 2020 warm-up tournament in Qatar featuring Portugal, Belgium, Croatia and Switzerland, has been cancelled.

— South American World Cup qualifiers have been postponed, as was the next round of the Copa Libertadores.

— The FIFA Congress, due to take place in Addis Ababa on June 5, was pushed back to September 18.

TENNIS

— The ATP has suspended its tour for six weeks “due to escalating health and safety issues”.

GETTY/AFP/File / CLIVE BRUNSKILL The prestigious ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament was cancelled, the first major sports event in the US to be shelved because of the outbreak

— The ATP and WTA Miami Open was called off after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared a state of emergency over the outbreak.

— The prestigious ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament was cancelled, the first major sports event in the US to be shelved because of the outbreak.

— The inaugural Fed Cup Finals scheduled for next month in Budapest were postponed.

GOLF

— The year’s opening men’s major, the Masters at Augusta National scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed.

— The Players Championship was cancelled after Thursday’s first round, with all PGA Tour events off until after the Masters.

— European Tour chiefs postponed the Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the China Open in Shenzhen — both set for April, and this week’s Kenyan Open.

— The US LPGA Tour cancelled all three of its lucrative early-season events in Asia, and also its next three events in the United States.

— The Indian Open in New Delhi, set for March 19-22, was postponed on Wednesday.

RUGBY UNION

— The Six Nations match between Italy and England in Rome on Saturday as well as the Ireland v Italy duel in Dublin on March 7 were postponed.

AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT France’s head coach Fabien Galthie (L) and team manager Raphael Ibanez give a press conference after the announcement of the postponement of the Six Nations match between France and Ireland

— All of the final round of matches have been put back until October, with Wales v Scotland joining France’s game against Ireland and England’s trip to Italy in being postponed.

— Sevens World Series tournaments in Hong Kong on April 3-5 and Singapore the following weekend will now be played in October.

MOTORSPORT

— Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off early on Friday, with the Bahrain and Vietnamese races also postponed.

— The Chinese Grand Prix, which was set for April 19 in Shanghai, has been delayed.

— In motorcycling, the season-opening Qatar MotoGP was cancelled, along with the Thailand MotoGP on March 22 (postponed until October 4). On Tuesday the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin was rescheduled from April to November, while the MotoGP race in Argentina was also put on hold.

— IndyCar called of its first four planned races of the season.

BASKETBALL

— NBA suspended the season after Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the new coronavirus. ESPN reported that his teammate Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive.

LeBron James and Stephen Curry have called on the league to cancel the season after a “rough” 2020.

— NCAA ‘March Madness’ to also be closed to general public.

ATHLETICS

— The World Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed until next year.

— The Paris Marathon, scheduled for April 5 with 60,000 registered runners, was postponed until October 18.

— Next month’s London Marathon has also been postponed until October.

— The Barcelona Marathon, which was scheduled for March 15 with 17,000 runners, was postponed until October 4.

— Boston Marathon moved from April 20 to September 14.

CYCLING

— The Giro d’Italia, the first Grand Tour of the season, was put on hold on Friday.

— The spring classic Milan-San Remo, scheduled for March 21, was postponed, having only previously been cancelled three times since the inaugural edition in 1907.

— The Strade Bianchi, the first big race of the Italian cycling season set for last Saturday, was also cancelled along with the multi-day Tirreno-Adriatico.

— This month’s Tour of Cataluyna has been postponed, organisers announced on Thursday.

TOKYO OLYMPICS

— World Athletics Sebastian Coe said the 2020 Tokyo Games will go ahead.

AFP / Philip FONG Olympic organisers are confident the 2020 Tokyo Games will go ahead

Tokyo city governor Yuriko Koike said cancelling the Olympics is “unthinkable”.

The Olympics take place from July 24-August 9.

— US President Donald Trump suggested the Olympics could be postponed for a year. “I like that better than I like having empty stadiums,” he said.

CRICKET

— The start of India’s IPL, scheduled for March 29, delayed until at least April 15.

— The final two one day internationals between India and South Africa were scrapped, as was the whole of England’s tour of Sri Lanka.

ALPINE SKIING

— Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won alpine skiing’s men’s World Cup title after the final races of the season at Kranjska Gora at the weekend were scrapped.

— The World Cup finals, scheduled for Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy between March 16-22, were cancelled.

— This weekend’s three women’s races in Are were scrapped, crowning Federica Brignone as the overall champion.

FIGURE SKATING

— World championships, scheduled for Montreal next week, were cancelled.

BASEBALL

— Japan’s domestic baseball season, originally set to open on March 10, was postponed.

ICE HOCKEY

— The NHL commissioner Gary Bettman halted the competition on Thursday three weeks before the scheduled conclusion of the 2019-20 regular season.

— The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, set for Halifax and Truro in Nova Scotia for March 31 to April 10, were cancelled.

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Coronavirus: cancellations and changes in US sport

A quick look at major cancellations and changes in North American sport through Friday amid intensifying corona virus concerns:

– American Football –

– Cancelled: NFL annual meeting March 29-April 1 in Palm Beach, Florida

– Suspended: by multiple teams travel of scouts and coaches to assess players in build-up to the April 23 NFL Draft

– Athletics –

– Postponed: The 124th Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, postponed to September 14

– Baseball –

– Postponed: Major League Baseball season start, at least two weeks from scheduled March 26

– Cancelled: Major League Baseball Spring Training games; 2020 World Baseball Classic qualifier postponed

– Basketball –

– Suspended: NBA regular season from March 12; NBA commissioner Adam Silver says hiatus “will be, most likely, at least 30 days”

– Cancelled: NCAA “March Madness” national collegiate basketball tournament; move followed shut down of lead-in tournaments in Big Ten, Big East, Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Pacific 12 conferences

– Boxing –

– Cancelled: Featherweight world title fight between Shakur Stevenson and Miguel Marriaga at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater

– Suspended through March 31 – All combat sports events in California

– Curling –

– Cancelled: Women’s World Curling Championships scheduled for March 14-22 in Prince George, Canada, a 2022 Olympic qualifying event

– Figure Skating –

– Cancelled: World Figure Skating Championships scheduled for Montreal March 16-22, International Skating Union to consider possibility of staging a 2020 championships not before October

– Football –

– Suspended: MLS season for 30 days from March 12

– Cancelled: US men’s friendlies v Netherlands in Eindhoven on March 26 and v Wales in Cardiff on March 30

– Cancelled: US women’s friendlies v Australia in Sandy, Utah on April 10 and v Brazil on April 14 in San Jose, California

– Cancelled: Mexico men’s friendlies v Czech Republic in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 26 and v Greece in Arlington, Texas, on March 29

– Golf –

– Postponed: The Masters, first men’s major of the year that was scheduled for April 9-12 at Augusta National

– Suspended: US PGA Tour season, including cancellation of the final three rounds of the Players Championship, The Valspar Championship, the WGC Match-Play, Corales Putacana Resort Championship in Dominican Republic and the Texas Open

– Postponed: Three LPGA tournaments in March and April, including the April 2-5 ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, the first major on the 2020 golf calendar

– Ice hockey –

– Suspended: NHL regular season from March 12

– Cancelled: Women’s World Championship to be held in Canada from March 31 to April 10

– Motor racing –

– Cancelled: First four races of IndyCar season, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, GP of Alabama, GP of Long Beach and IndyCar Challenge at Austin Texas

– Postponed: NASCAR stock car races March 14 at Atlanta, March 22 at Homestead-Miami

– Rugby –

– Suspended: Major League Rugby, 30 games into a season scheduled to run through May, for 30 days

– Tennis –

– Cancelled: Indian Wells ATP Masters and WTA tournament scheduled for March 11-22

– Cancelled: Miami Open ATP Masters and WTA tournament scheduled for March 23-April 5

– Cancelled: Houston ATP tournament April 6-12 cancelled as part of ATP Tour worldwide six-week suspension

– Cancelled: Charleston WTA tournament April 6-12

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Japan’s Abe pledges Olympics to go ahead despite virus havoc

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday resisted pressure for changes to the Tokyo Olympics schedule even as sporting events worldwide fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

Abe pledged Japan would host the Games as planned in July and said he had no immediate intention to declare a state of emergency over the virus outbreak, which has now seen more than 140,000 people infected across the globe and over 5,400 killed.

His comments come two days after US President Donald Trump suggested the Japanese capital postpone the Games for a year as the spread of the virus wreaks havoc on the sporting calendar.

“We will respond by closely coordinating with officials concerned, including the IOC (International Olympic Committee). There is no change in this,” Abe told a news conference.

“We want to hold the Olympics as planned without any trouble by overcoming the spread of infections,” he said.

Organisers, Japanese government officials and the IOC have insisted preparations are on track and there will be no postponement or cancellation.

England’s football Premier League, America’s NBA basketball season and the Augusta Masters golf major are just some of the competitions swept aside by the pandemic.

On Friday Abe and Trump spoke on the phone about the outbreak and Olympics after Trump proposed a delay.

“We agreed that Japan and the US will cooperate and closely coordinate for success in the Olympics,” Abe said, adding they had not discussed any postponement.

The Japanese parliament on Friday approved legislation that gives Abe the power to declare a state of emergency to combat COVID-19 but Abe insisted such a declaration was not yet necessary.

The coronavirus has infected more than 700 people across Japan and been linked to 21 deaths. Separately, 700 people on board a cruise ship that docked near Tokyo last month were also infected.

A state of emergency would allow local governments to require that people stay indoors, schools close and public facilities limit use.

Land and buildings could be requisitioned for makeshift hospitals.

IOC chief Thomas Bach told German television broadcaster ARD on Thursday that the body would follow recommendations by the World Health Organization but that work continued for a successful Games.

He acknowledged however that cancellations of Olympic qualifiers are starting to pose “serious problems”.

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Champions League, Europa League: UEFA considers single-legged ties

In a bid to ensure the season finishes, UEFA is considering playing the rest of the 2019/20 Champions League and Europa League in single-match format.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, UEFA is to do everything it can to maintain the current dates of the Champions League final, set for 30 May in Istanbul, and the Europa League final, scheduled to be played three days earlier in Gdansk.

UEFA could temporarily ditch two-legged European ties

With that in mind, the Daily Mail reports, European football’s governing body is to consider playing the rest of both competitions in single-legged format

Currently, all Champions League and Europa League knockout ties – except for the final – are played over two, home-and-away legs.

UEFA’s chief conundrum in such a scenario, the report adds, will be deciding where the one-off ties would be held. One option would be to use neutral venues, while another would be to draw the home side in each pairing out of a hat.

With even the most optimistic predictions pointing to a return to action in April at the earliest, there will be little room for manoeuvre in the football schedule, and the Mail says there is “a growing feeling at UEFA that one-off ties are now the only way forward”.

However, the potential postponement of Euro 2020 until next year could allow the club game greater scope to reorganise its domestic and European calendars further into the summer and, in the process, avoid format changes.

Russia offers to host more Euro 2020 games

Not if UEFA accepts a proposal made by Russia in recent hours, though.

To ensure the European Championship does go ahead this summer, the country – which is one of the venues for the 12-city finals – has publicly put itself forward to host more than the four tournament games scheduled to be held in St Petersburg.

With other host nations badly hit by the spread of the coronavirus – particularly Italy – Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said on Friday: “In the dates which include Russia’s participation in Euro 2020 we could definitely expand the program [host more matches]. It’s up to UEFA to approach us with this offer.”

Russia has been far less affected by the spread of the coronavirus, having registered just 45 confirmed cases by Friday and no deaths so far.

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Jason and Laura Kenny to lead Britain’s medal charge in Berlin

The husband and wife duo have 10 Olympic gold medals between them with sprinter Jason needing just one more to move past track cycling great Chris Hoy as Britain’s most successful Olympian. They share the record with six.

Endurance rider Laura Kenny, formerly Trott, is a four-time Olympic gold-medallist.

There was no place in the squad for Mark Cavendish who won the silver medal on the track in the omnium in Rio de Janeiro and who hoped to be considered for the madison event in Tokyo.

While it rules out Cavendish, who has 30 Tour de France stage wins, from the Olympic track programme he could still ride on the road in Tokyo.

The world championships in Berlin is a dress rehearsal for the Tokyo Olympics when track cycling’s heavyweight nations, namely Britain, Australia, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Germany, will be looking to score some psychological points.

Olympic medallists Ed Clancy, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Phil Hindes and Katy Marchant are also included.

Twenty riders will form the British squad in Berlin, with many looking to secure their spots for Tokyo.

“The bar in track cycling is continuously being raised, which is great for keeping the sport healthy, but also means the fight for every medal is much tougher so Berlin will be interesting,” Stephen Park, British Cycling’s performance director said in a statement.

“The world championships in Berlin mark an important milestone on the path to the Olympic Games for the track cyclists and, as has always been our clear intention for this stage of the cycle, our focus now is on those riders who we believe have the potential to win a medal in Tokyo.”

Barker was Britain’s only gold medallist at last year’s world track championships in Poland, that coming in the scratch race. She was also part of the team pursuit squad beaten to gold by Australia, after which Laura Kenny withdrew from the competition because of illness.

“Training has been going well, and it feels like everything is starting to come together for the team now so I’m excited to see how my team mates and I get on in Berlin,” said Barker, part of Britain’s women’s team pursuit squad that won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

In the London world championships before the 2016 Games, Britain topped the medal table with five golds before dominating on the Rio boards by claiming six of the 10 golds on offer, including three for Jason Kenny and two for Laura Kenny.

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Mercedes F1 team signal future intent with Ineos deal

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff hailed a new chapter for a team who have won the last six drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles with Lewis Hamilton chasing his seventh career crown this season.

Formula One is entering a new era in 2021 and the teams, including Mercedes, have yet to sign a new agreement with U.S.-based commercial rights holders Liberty Media beyond this year, with some evident sticking points.

Despite that, Wolff — a shareholder in the team — sounded optimistic.

“We are in this for the long term,” Wolff told reporters at a news conference at London’s Royal Automobile Club.

“We like the platform but at the same time we are in negotiations with the rights holders and things need to be sorted out.

“But the partnership is clearly something that indicates our wish to continue our successful journey in Formula One,” added the Austrian.

Mercedes’ parent Daimler said in November it would cut at least 10,000 jobs and reduce staff costs by around 1.4 billion euros (1.16 billion pounds) by the end of 2022, but Wolff said Formula One worked for the carmaker.

Ridiculing recent media reports that Mercedes were considering pulling out of the sport, he envisaged instead a time when Formula One actually made a profit for the carmaker.

“We see the data… participating in Formula One is one of the greatest returns on investment in the whole Daimler Group,” he said.

“This is an exercise that costs little in comparison to the billions of marketing value that are being generated,” he added, pointing to data that showed the average Mercedes customer was getting younger.

“We want to make it (competing in F1) a no-brainer from the sheer numbers… that the Formula One activity will be something that will be a profitable exercise, like it should be.”

Wolff pointed to successful franchises in U.S. sports such as the NFL and NBA as the business model the sport should aspire to emulate.

“This is my personal aim and contribution with our partners to turn this into such a company so that from a Mercedes standpoint it becomes a no-brainer to participate,” he said.

Hamilton is out of contract at the end of this year but Wolff made clear his desire that the 35-year-old Briton should remain with the team, saying they were the ‘obvious pairing going forward’.

“We would like to have the fastest man in the car and I know Lewis wants to be in the fastest car, so there is an obvious mutual outcome” he said.

The Ineos principal partnership is one rung below title sponsorship, with Petronas filling that role at Mercedes, and represents the latest sporting investment by a company already involved in running, sailing, cycling and soccer.

Mercedes already had a ‘performance partnership’ with the company, working with the Team Ineos cycling outfit and Olympic yachtsman Ben Ainslie’s INEOS TEAM UK in a challenge for sailing’s America’s Cup in 2021.

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2019-20 NBA Predictions

Saturday, Feb. 1

  3:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 16%
Clippers -10.5 84%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat 35%
Magic -4 65%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 11%
Pacers -12.5 89%
8 p.m.
Nets 38%
Wizards -3 62%
8 p.m.
Warriors 37%
Cavaliers -3.5 63%
8:30 p.m.
Hawks 22%
Mavericks -8 78%
8:30 p.m.
76ers 39%
Celtics -3 61%
9 p.m.
Hornets 22%
Spurs -8 78%
10 p.m.
Lakers -2.5 59%
Kings 41%
10:30 p.m.
Jazz -2.5 59%
Trail Blazers 41%

Sunday, Feb. 2

  12:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -4.5 68%
Pistons 32%
2 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 27%
Rockets -6.5 73%
  2 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns 18%
Bucks -9.5 82%
3 p.m.
Bulls 14%
Raptors -11 86%

Monday, Feb. 3

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 32%
Pacers -4.5 68%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors 28%
Wizards -6 72%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 33%
Cavaliers -4.5 67%
7 p.m.
Magic -4 66%
Hornets 34%
  7:30 p.m.
Celtics -6 73%
Hawks 27%
7:30 p.m.
76ers -0.5 52%
Heat 48%
7:30 p.m.
Suns 32%
Nets -4.5 68%
8 p.m.
Pistons 20%
Grizzlies -8.5 80%
10 p.m.
Timberwolves 41%
Kings -2 59%
10:30 p.m.
Spurs 11%
Clippers -13 89%

Tuesday, Feb. 4

  7:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks 50%
Pelicans PK 50%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hornets 5%
Rockets -18.5 95%
9 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Trail Blazers 16%
Nuggets -10 84%
10 p.m.
Spurs 11%
Lakers -13 89%

Wednesday, Feb. 5

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns -1 55%
Pistons 45%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors 22%
Nets -8 78%
  7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 29%
Raptors -5.5 71%
7:30 p.m.
Magic 22%
Celtics -8 78%
  8 p.m.
Hawks 22%
Timberwolves -8 78%
8 p.m.
Cavaliers 13%
Thunder -12 87%
  8:30 p.m.
Grizzlies 26%
Mavericks -6.5 74%
9 p.m.
Nuggets 33%
Jazz -4.5 67%
  10 p.m.
Heat 16%
Clippers -10 84%

Thursday, Feb. 6

  7:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Magic -3 61%
Knicks 39%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans -3 63%
Bulls 37%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers 35%
Bucks -4 65%
10 p.m.
Spurs 32%
Trail Blazers -4.5 68%
10:30 p.m.
Rockets 38%
Lakers -3 62%

Friday, Feb. 7

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks -0.5 52%
Wizards 48%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 16%
76ers -10 84%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hawks 12%
Celtics -12.5 88%
  8 p.m.
Pistons 15%
Thunder -11 85%
  8 p.m.
Raptors 44%
Pacers -1.5 56%
9 p.m.
Rockets -2.5 60%
Suns 40%
10 p.m.
Heat 42%
Kings -2 58%
10:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 16%
Jazz -10 84%
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When is Super Bowl 2020?

When is Super Bowl 2020? Date, location, odds, halftime show for Super Bowl 54

(WRITTEN BYTADD HAISLOP)

Though the date and location for the Super Bowl changes every year, the borderline unhealthy fixation on America’s biggest professional sporting event is a constant. In 2020, when the NFL’s 100th season ends with Super Bowl 54, that domestic and global attention will turn to Miami.

The Super Bowl in 2020, the game that will crown an NFL champion for the 2019 season, is scheduled to take place Sunday, Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The 49ers will play the Chiefs.

The opening Super Bowl odds made Kansas City the favorite to win the big game in 2020, but not by much. The Chiefs opened as 1 1/2-point favorites over the 49ers, per BetOnline. Because the game basically is considered a pick-’em, there is not much of a difference in the moneylines; early straight-up bettors would need to wager $125 to win $100 on the Chiefs, while 49ers backers could get even money (plus-105) on their side.

We don’t yet know how Super Bowl in 2020 will play out, but we do know one thing about Miami: It knows how to throw a party. So expect Super Bowl 54 and all the events that surround the big game to be nothing short of a spectacular show. That includes a very Miami-appropriate halftime performance.

Below is everything you need to know about the Super Bowl in 2020, including the date, location, odds and halftime show info.

When is Super Bowl 2020?

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 2
  • Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ET (unofficial)
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live stream: Fox Sports app | DAZN (in Canada)

Super Bowl 54, also known as Super Bowl LIV, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The official kickoff time will be determined at a later date, but the ballpark of 6:30 p.m. ET has become the traditional start time for the Super Bowl.

Every Super Bowl since 2003 has taken place during the first week of February. From 1967-2003, all but one Super Bowl took place in January.

The Super Bowl in 2020 will mark the second time a Super Bowl has been played on Feb. 2. On the same date six years ago, the Seahawks dominated the Broncos in New York to win Super Bowl 48.

Per usual, the Super Bowl in 2020 will take place one week after the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and two weeks after the AFC and NFC championship games. The next notable event on the NFL calendar after the Super Bowl is the 2020 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

The 2020 NFL league year begins March 18, a little more than a month after the 2019 season concludes with Super Bowl 54 in Miami.

Where is Super Bowl 2020?

The Super Bowl in 2020 will be played in a city that’s no stranger to America’s biggest game. But the venue will be a fresh addition to Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl 54 will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., a city located in north-central Miami-Dade County roughly 15 miles up I-95 from central Miami. The stadium, home to both the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes, was selected as the host venue for the Super Bowl in 2020 in part because of its warm location, but also because of recent renovations.

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Hard Rock Stadium

The NFL made South Florida the host of Super Bowl 54 back in 2016, when Miami competed against Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa and Los Angeles to secure the big game and when Hard Rock Stadium’s renovation project was completed.

While the stadium’s seating capacity was reduced from 75,000 to 65,000, the renovation featured new video boards, suites and seating pods.

“We were confident. It was definitely our most competitive bid ever,” said chairman of the Super Bowl host committee Rodney Barreto at the time. “A $450-million-plus enhancement to the Dolphins’ stadium. A budget of cash and incentives valued at more than $40 million. A warm weather destination that always delivers. Always.

“We are truly thankful to Mr. Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, for all his support and assistance throughout this process.”

Added Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez: “I can’t think of a better place to host the Super Bowl than right here in our world-class community. Miami has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city, and it’s clear why. This is the place to live, work and play, and hosting the Super Bowl at Dolphins’ stadium once again serves as further evidence that Miami is a major event community.”

Indeed, the Miami area already has hosted 10 Super Bowls, and its 11th will break a tie with New Orleans for the most in the country. (New Orleans, though, will create another tie when it hosts Super Bowl 58 in 2024.)

Now called Hard Rock Stadium, the venue the Dolphins call home originally was named Joe Robbie Stadium when it opened in 1987. It has been renamed seven times since and has hosted five Super Bowls, with the old Miami Orange Bowl having hosted South Florida’s other five Super Bowls.

Super Bowl 2020 odds

No team has ever played a Super Bowl in its own city. That won’t happen in 2020, as the Dolphins failed to make the playoffs.

In the preseason, the 49ers opened at +4500 to win the Super Bowl in 2020. That dropped below +350 at most sportsbooks when the postseason began, as San Francisco was the last undefeated team remaining in the regular season and entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. For the Super Bowl, San Francisco opened as a 1 1/2-point underdog against Kansas City.

The over/under points total for Super Bowl 54 was set at 53 points.

Below are the odds to win Super Bowl 54, via BetOnline, as of the conclusion of the championship round of the playoffs.

Team Spread  Money line  Regular-season record
Chiefs – 1 1/2 -125 12-4
49ers +1 1/2 +105 13-3

Future Super Bowl locations, host sites

When the NFL considers sites for future Super Bowl locations, many requirements must be met by potential cities, their venues and their accommodations. Stadium quality is among the priorities, which is why several of the next five Super Bowls will be played in new or recently renovated stadiums.

That’s why Minnesota was awarded Super Bowl 52 back in 2018, after all; same for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, Super Bowl 54 in Miami and Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles. Weather is also being a factor when the NFL considers future Super Bowl locations.

That will be the case again in 2020, when the Super Bowl will be played in a recently renovated stadium and in warm weather. Below are the sites the NFL has pinned as future Super Bowl locations.

Year Super Bowl host site
2020 South Florida, Hard Rock Stadium, Super Bowl 54
2021 Tampa, Raymond James Stadium, Super Bowl 55
2022 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Stadium, Super Bowl 56
2023 Glendale, University of Phoenix Stadium, Super Bowl 57
2024 New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Super Bowl 58

Super Bowl halftime show 2020

Neither Jennifer Lopez nor Shakira is a Miami native, but nobody doubts the duo will deliver an appropriate South Florida vibe with its halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2020.

Pepsi and the NFL collaborated with Roc Nation to bring the two performance icons together for the first time ever.

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the halftime show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” said Lopez when the act as announced.  “And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th season, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”

Added Shakira: “I’m so honored to be taking on one of the world’s biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the U.S. and all over the world. And to top it off, on my birthday. This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime.”

Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, producer and entertainer who has established herself in music, film and television. She has sold more than 75 million records and has a cumulative worldwide box-office gross of more than $3 billion.

Lopez has been named to the TIME 100 list, Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrity and People’s first “Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” in addition to being nominated for both Golden Globe and Grammy awards and receiving the MTV Video Vanguard Award.

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter and multi-Grammy award winner. She has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards. She is the only artist from South America to have a No. 1 song in the U.S., has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade and is one of the top five YouTube artists of all time.

Shakira’s latest album, “El Dorado,” charted No. 1 on iTunes in 37 countries, won best pop vocal album at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards and best Latin pop album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. With more than 10 billion streams, it is one of the most streamed female albums of all time.

Super Bowl national anthem singer 2020

The NFL on Jan. 16 announced that Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 54 in Miami.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist and business woman.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, Christine Sun Kim, an internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the national anthem in American sign language

Super Bowl 2020 tickets

The NFL did not need to wait to know the Super Bowl 54 matchup; tickets for the big game in Miami were available weeks ago.

The league’s official Super Bowl ticket site offers four packages starting at $4,725 a pop. They are as follows:

  • Touchdown club ($4,725) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience
  • 54 live ($6,525) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, open air tailgate party
  • Legends ($9,000) — includes ticket, stadium club access, NFL legends meet & greet
  • On the Fifty (Price not listed) — includes ticket, 72 Club access, postgame field access

Of course, the secondary market is always an option for Super Bowl tickets. Single-ticket prices for Super Bowl 54 on Vivid Seats ranged from $4,527 to $18,504 as of Sunday. Seat Geek’s prices ranged from $3,200 to $24,500.

Sporting News a few years back looked into how the Average Joe can afford to attend the Super Bowl. The easy answer, we found: It depends.

Super Bowl winners by year

Date Super Bowl Winner Points Loser Points MVP Stadium City State
Feb 3, 2019 LIII (53) New England Patriots 13 Los Angeles Rams 3 Julian Edelman Mercedez-Benz Stadium Atlanta Georgia
Feb 4, 2018 LII (52) Philadelphia Eagles 41 New England Patriots 33 Nick Foles U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis Minnesota
Feb 5, 2017 LI (51) New England Patriots 34 Atlanta Falcons 28 Tom Brady NRG Stadium Houston Texas
Feb 7, 2016 50 Denver Broncos 24 Carolina Panthers 10 Von Miller Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara California
Feb 1, 2015 XLIX (49) New England Patriots 28 Seattle Seahawks 24 Tom Brady University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale Arizona
Feb 2, 2014 XLVIII (48) Seattle Seahawks 43 Denver Broncos 8 Malcolm Smith MetLife Stadium East Rutherford New Jersey
Feb 3, 2013 XLVII (47) Baltimore Ravens 34 San Francisco 49ers 31 Joe Flacco Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Feb 5, 2012 XLVI (46) New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17 Eli Manning Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis Indiana
Feb 6, 2011 XLV (45) Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 25 Aaron Rodgers Cowboys Stadium Arlington Texas
Feb 7, 2010 XLIV (44) New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17 Drew Brees Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens Florida
Feb 1, 2009 XLIII (43) Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23 Santonio Holmes Raymond James Stadium Tampa Florida
Feb 3, 2008 XLII (42) New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14 Eli Manning University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale Arizona
Feb 4, 2007 XLI (41) Indianapolis Colts 29 Chicago Bears 17 Peyton Manning Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens Florida
Feb 5, 2006 XL (40) Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Seattle Seahawks 10 Hines Ward Ford Field Detroit Michigan
Feb 6, 2005 XXXIX (39) New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21 Deion Branch Alltel Stadium Jacksonville Florida
Feb 1, 2004 XXXVIII (38) New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29 Tom Brady Reliant Stadium Houston Texas
Jan 26, 2003 XXXVII (37) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21 Dexter Jackson Qualcomm Stadium San Diego California
Feb 3, 2002 XXXVI (36) New England Patriots 20 St. Louis Rams 17 Tom Brady Louisiana Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 28, 2001 XXXV (35) Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7 Ray Lewis Raymond James Stadium Tampa Florida
Jan 30, 2000 XXXIV (34) St. Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16 Kurt Warner Georgia Dome Atlanta Georgia
Jan 31, 1999 XXXIII (33) Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19 John Elway Pro Player Stadium Miami Gardens Florida
Jan 25, 1998 XXXII (32) Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24 Terrell Davis Qualcomm Stadium San Diego California
Jan 26, 1997 XXXI (31) Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21 Desmond Howard Louisiana Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 28, 1996 XXX (30) Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Larry Brown Sun Devil Stadium Tempe Arizona
Jan 29, 1995 XXIX (29) San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26 Steve Young Joe Robbie Stadium Miami Gardens Florida
Jan 30, 1994 XXVIII (28) Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13 Emmitt Smith Georgia Dome Atlanta Georgia
Jan 31, 1993 XXVII (27) Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17 Troy Aikman Rose Bowl Pasadena California
Jan 26, 1992 XXVI (26) Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24 Mark Rypien Metrodome Minneapolis Minnesota
Jan 27, 1991 XXV (25) New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19 Ottis Anderson Tampa Stadium Tampa Florida
Jan 28, 1990 XXIV (24) San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10 Joe Montana Louisiana Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 22, 1989 XXIII (23) San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16 Jerry Rice Joe Robbie Stadium Miami Gardens Florida
Jan 31, 1988 XXII (22) Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10 Doug Williams Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego California
Jan 25, 1987 XXI (21) New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20 Phil Simms Rose Bowl Pasadena California
Jan 26, 1986 XX (20) Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10 Richard Dent Louisiana Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 20, 1985 XIX (19) San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16 Joe Montana Stanford Stadium Palo Alto California
Jan 22, 1984 XVIII (18) Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9 Marcus Allen Tampa Stadium Tampa Florida
Jan 30, 1983 XVII (17) Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17 John Riggins Rose Bowl Pasadena California
Jan 24, 1982 XVI (16) San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21 Joe Montana Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac Michigan
Jan 25, 1981 XV (15) Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10 Jim Plunkett Louisiana Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 20, 1980 XIV (14) Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19 Terry Bradshaw Rose Bowl Pasadena California
Jan 21, 1979 XIII (13) Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31 Terry Bradshaw Orange Bowl Miami Florida
Jan 15, 1978 XII (12) Dallas Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10 Harvey Martin, Randy White Superdome New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 9, 1977 XI (11) Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14 Fred Biletnikoff Rose Bowl Pasadena California
Jan 18, 1976 X (10) Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17 Lynn Swann Orange Bowl Miami Florida
Jan 12, 1975 IX (9) Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6 Franco Harris Tulane Stadium New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 13, 1974 VIII (8) Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7 Larry Csonka Rice Stadium Houston Texas
Jan 14, 1973 VII (7) Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7 Jake Scott Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles California
Jan 16, 1972 VI (6) Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3 Roger Staubach Tulane Stadium New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 17, 1971 V (5) Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13 Chuck Howley Orange Bowl Miami Florida
Jan 11, 1970 IV (4) Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7 Len Dawson Tulane Stadium New Orleans Louisiana
Jan 12, 1969 III (3) New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7 Joe Namath Orange Bowl Miami Florida
Jan 14, 1968 II (2) Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14 Bart Starr Orange Bowl Miami Florida
Jan 15, 1967 I (1) Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10 Bart Starr Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles California