Updated Mar 17, 2020 - Sports

Kentucky Derby postponed for first time in 75 years due to coronavirus crisis

The 2019 Kentucky Derby
The 2019 Kentucky Derby. Photo: Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

More sports leagues in the U.S. and around the world are suspending their seasons or limiting fan attendance due to the coronavirus outbreak, after the NBA became the first major U.S. sports league to announce it would postpone its season on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The Kentucky Derby will be postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years that the race will not be held on the first Saturday of May, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

  • The Masters, one of the biggest golf tournaments in the U.S., announced that this year's tournament would be postponed, though it did not specify a new date.
  • The MLB announced it is suspending spring training games and noted that Opening Day is suspended indefinitely.
  • The NHL announced it would "pause" its current season after determining it was "no longer appropriate to continue to try to play games at this time."
  • Major League Soccer announced that it is suspending matches for at least 30 days.
  • The Premier League, England's top soccer level, announced that it would suspend its season until April 3, though it cautioned that resuming matches would be "subject to medical advice and conditions at the time," per the BBC.
  • The PGA Tour announced that all golfing tournaments and events in the near future will go on as planned, but without spectators.
  • The NCAA canceled its Division I men's and women's March Madness basketball tournaments.

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