Following most sports leagues around the world, the Major Arena Soccer League have announced that they have decided to end the season early.
Several teams around the league were already planning to play in front of a limited number of fans, but that will no longer be necessary as the MASL decided to end the season early in response to the coronavirus.
This early cancellation won’t change much for the Comets, who were already eliminated from postseason contention with three games left this season, including two games scheduled for this weekend in Florida against the Orlando SeaWolves and the Florida Tropics before their season finale at home which was scheduled on March 22nd against the St. Louis Ambush.
The Comets will end the season with a 10-11 record, finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference. Player/coach Leo Gibson will end his first season in that role leading the league with 31 assists while ranking second with 60 points and 3.0 points per game. Robert Palmer will also end the season just four blocks shy of the MASL record, as the defender’s 49 blocks set a new franchise record.
“As the COVID-19 situation has continued to evolve, it has become clear that hosting games was not in the of safety for our fans, players, and staff,” said Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski in a statement released by the Comets.
There was no mention of a cancellation of the postseason, which would be very frustrating for the teams may be eliminated after playing less games than other teams.
While most leagues have been suspended or cancelled, the Scottish Premiership Football League is still planning on having their full slate of games this weekend, with the famous Glasgow Derby between Celtic and Rangers on Sunday still scheduled to have a full stadium of passionate supporters at Ibrox. Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 are also still playing this weekend, but with empty stadiums. After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus, the English Premier League are set to have an emergency meeting to discuss the season’s future after originally planning to have matches this weekend open to the public.