The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an impact on sport throughout the world. The United States is no different and many of the major professional sports leagues in the country have been suspended. The suspension has been felt state-wide and unfortunately it does not matter where you reside in the United States, it is affecting everyone.
Indiana’s first positive test for the coronavirus came in late March. The threat to the general public in Indiana was thought to be low at the time of the test and the policy was to keep sporting events going. This included those events taking place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. Preventive measures were put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus including the cleaning and disinfecting of exposed surfaces, reminders to cover coughing and sneezing and to frequently wash hands with soap and water.
The Indiana Sports Corporation, Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Indy Fuel/East Coast Hockey League were following the same principle. However, fast forward a couple of weeks and things have changed.
The Indiana Sports Corporation has seen it necessary to cancel all events through June 20, 2020. Unfortunately, this includes a wide range of events such as the Big Ten Men’s Tournament, NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Regional, NCAA DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Diving.
The Inspiring Sports Charity Golf Tournament which was due to take place on the 29th of June has been postponed. It is believed this tournament will now take place in the fall and an announcement will be made in due course. Any event in Indiana which is scheduled to take place from the 1st of July 2020 onwards is currently going to take placed as scheduled. This includes the Indy Ultimate on the 25th of July and the Corporate Challenge on the 29th of August 2020.
This is clearly a difficult time for everyone involved in these events whether it be the participants, organizers or fans. There will also be many punters who were looking forward to having a wager on many of the sporting events which have either been postponed or cancelled. Sports betting in Indiana is now legal and that has led to the introduction of online bookmakers to those residing in the state.
BetMGM is a good example and this online bookmaker provides odds for all of the leading US sports including American football, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, boxing and soccer. Although many of these professional sports have been postponed, you will still find a selection of odds available on which to bet in Indiana. This includes soccer, mixed martial arts and boxing. Some of the events listed will not be taking place until later in the year but it is still possible to place a wager now.
There will be continuous updates on the potential date of resumption for sports in Indiana and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.