Amid a life-changing pandemic and the lockdowns that followed its outbreak, sports activities were placed on hold to avoid a COVID-19 spread. In what players, fans, and the media call an ‘MLS is Back Tournament’, soccer is the first sport in Canada and America to try and return to some semblance of normal.
How will it work?
Of 26 registered teams that participate in the league, only 25 will return to play. FC Dallas could not rejoin any action owing to a coronavirus outbreak on the team.
To prevent COVID-19 from spreading, all matches take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. For the duration, teams must stay at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort.
Strict safety protocols apply, including social distancing, regular testing, and wearing masks. These tight regulations are necessary as soccer players should be protected from an outbreak but also because they serve as role models to fans and can demonstrate responsible behavior to them.
MLE – Major League Excitement
Sports lovers have welcomed this return to action, with PA online sports betting platforms experiencing increased site traffic.
Owners of online gambling sites and apps are subject to stringent laws to operate legitimately and must comply with licensing criteria set by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Additionally, they must actively ensure that members have access to information about compulsive gambling and available support options for gambling addiction.
Much work has been done to eliminate any online gaming threats posed by hackers or would-be online betting platforms that operate illegally. PA online sports betting operations are eager to ensure their player’s safety and give them a positive gambling experience.
It is not all fun and games
While MLS has been lauded for its measures to get soccer up and running again with this tournament, it requires much sacrifice from team players and staff. They remain in quarantine during the tournament, which means staying away from their families until it concludes on August 11, 2020.
As an indication of their commitment to the sport and giving sports fans a reason to feel excited and positive about the future return of other sporting disciplines, players have complied with these challenging requirements.
However, most would agree that playing in an empty stadium is a surreal experience as the silence is deafening and the atmosphere they are used to is missing.