Major league sports struggle to return to play amid coronavirus pandemic

Athletes in the NCAA, NHL and NFL have all tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.
2:26 | 06/21/20

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Transcript for Major league sports struggle to return to play amid coronavirus pandemic
What's summer without sports? Major league teams hoping to get back in action, but positive covid-19 tests are standing in the way. ABC's Zachary kiesch joins us with the struggle to return. Zachary, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning to you. You know sports are such an institution, a pillar of American life. It feels like the country's return to normal is interconnected with the sports world return even if just symbolically. There have been huge challenges. The governor of New York announced when baseball does return both the mets and Yankees will resume here in the state. Covid-19 has been the opponent that very few professional leagues have had an answer for. ESPN insiders reporting multiple players and teams have raised concerns about resuming play in Orlando next month citing the recent surge in coronavirus cases in Florida. The real challenge for the NBA is this virus. We'll know a lot more after we see the tests come back. A lot of this will hinge on what's happening in Orlando. Reporter: The state has been a popular destination for major league sports teams eyeing a return. Like the NBA, major league soccer and the wnba hoping to restart their season next month. In baseball where spring training facilities are scattered across parts of Florida and Arizona the commissioner ordered a temporary shutdown ordering all team facilities to be cleaned following multiple players and team personnel testing positive for the virus. It's a very big deal. Plans were set and now it's an entirely different situation. Reporter: This comes after a week of reported cases around the world of sports. From the NHL to the NFL. Golf champ Nick watney had to withdraw from the rbc heritage tournament after he became the PGA tour's first reported positive case of covid-19. The national championship lsu tigers are reporting at least 30 football players are in quarantine due to an outbreak. Meanwhile NASCAR seems to have it figured out. They'll be returning to the track today where fans will be allowed, but only 5,000. Truly unchartered territory. On top of the covid-19 related concerns there are growing conversations at least among NBA players whether a return would detract from the broader movement and moment towards racial equality. Eva? Thank you, Zachary.

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