Global Return to Sport Daily Update

Each morning over the coming weeks and months we will bring you a daily summary of how sport is handling a return to activity in the wake of Covid-19.

SPANISH FOOTBALL

The Spanish Government has given the green light for the return of La Liga on June 11th.  There will be football played every day, kicking off at 9  pm Dublin time on 11 June with Sevilla v Real Betis until the following Thursday 18 June.

Given the arrival of warmer weather in Spain, La Liga is publishing the expected temperature of each match, based on 10 years of historical data.  There will be two 1 pm slots at the weekend but most matches will be played in the evening.

Fans can upload their applause as part of an Applause to infinity initiative to honour those who have fought this pandemic over recent months.

The applause will be played during minute 20 of each match.

Spanish football is broadcast on La Liga’s own channel in Ireland and Britain, hosted on the Sky Sports premier Sport package.  It will show every game live through to the end of the season on July 19th.

ITALIAN FOOTBALL

The first cracks between broadcasters and football authorities are beginning to appear with Serie A lodging court papers to enforce payment of the latest rights fee from Sky Italia which was due last month.

Sky Italia has requested a reduction in this season’s fee of around 15 per cent, even with the season resuming this month.

BOXING

Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts will return to Las Vegas this month after the Nevada State Authorities lifted a restriction on hosting combat sports.  They will still likely play out to empty venues, for Pay Per View audiences, though trying to second guess what might happen at present in the US is a dangerous game.

HORSE RACING

Racing returned to Britain yesterday with Newcastle staging the first meeting since the sport went into shut down in March.

The first race back was won by Zodiakos, a horse racing for the 50th time and securing his eighth victory.

Irish Racing resumes at Naas on Monday 8th June.

 

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