Looks like Germany and South Korea are leading the way in the COVID-19 return to sports department. We’ve got Korean baseball games on ESPN right now, and soon we’re gonna see the return of the German Bundesliga, which was given the all clear from Chancellor Angela Merkel to resume without fans later this month.
The Bundesliga season is free to restart in the second half of May after the German government gave the green light on a return to action.
The league is the first of any of Europe’s major leagues to be given clearance to resume playing, since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Two of Germany’s neighbours, the Netherlands and France, have ended their seasons.
Matches in Germany’s top two divisions can take place later this month, without spectators.
The Bundesliga’s General Assembly will be held in Frankfurt on Thursday to discuss the health and safety protocol to ensure the league’s safe return. They are expected to decide on the start date and match calendar in that meeting.
Teams had nine or ten games remaining on the schedule, with Bayern Munich currently leading Borussia Dortmund by four points at the top of the table.
And look, if you’re a “four for four” Philly sports fan, you probably don’t give a flying fuck about German soccer, but we should all be rooting for a successful Bundesliga return. If they pull it off in a way that’s safe for players, officials, and other personnel, then it’s a blueprint we can use to get the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB back on track here in the USA.