The Kentucky Derby announced Tuesday their decision to join the NBA, NHL, and other professional sports organizations and delay their annual event until late Summer; the first postponement for the race since World War II.
“Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community,” Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen said. “As the situation evolved, we reached the difficult conclusion that we needed to reschedule. At no point did we ever consider canceling the Kentucky Derby.”
The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, became the latest marquee sporting event forced to postpone because of the deepening coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/tCE6jAiA0a
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 17, 2020
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) March 17, 2020
“We will take existing stake races around the country and incorporate them into our points system,” said Nick Zangari, Churchill’s vice-president of treasury. “We will work with other prominent partner tracks that operate throughout the summer and determine the various paths to the starting gate at the Derby that enable the horses in the best form to compete. … This will be fun and give the fans more time to learn about and evaluate this year’s crop of 3-year-old thoroughbreds.”
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Source: USA Today
BREAKING NOW: NHL Joins NBA, Suspends Hockey Season Over Coronavirus Fears
The National Hockey League suspended their 2019-2020 season Thursday afternoon over fears of the Coronavirus outbreak; joining the NBA and Major League Soccer in postponing future games to avoid new infections.
“The National Hockey League suspended its 2019-2020 regular season due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the league announced Thursday. The suspension begins immediately, and games planned for Thursday night will be canceled, the league said,” reports CNBC.
“Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup,” the NHL said in a statement.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
The NHL has put a pause on the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/zZb7rqe2wb
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 12, 2020
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DISNEY SHUTS DOWN: Disneyland, Walt Disney World Close Over Coronavirus Fears
Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California will close their doors to tourists this week; shutting down operations to help combat the growing Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month,” the company said in a statement.
The company will also suspend its cruise operations starting March 14th.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 13, 2020
“The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open, the company said,” reports Fox Orlando.
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Source: Fox Orlando