After the last two months, it might appear as we live in a world where time has been rendered fairly inconsequential. However, for those keeping track it has been almost one month since April 28th, when the French Minister declared that all large public events would be canceled until September at the earliest. This essentially meant that the Ligue 1 season was suspended indefinitely, and just a couple of days later PSG was declared champions for a ninth time. A deserved but muddled sort of distinction in the face of such maddening uncertainty. They weren’t the only football league in Europe to do this. Belgium, the Netherlands, and Scotland all joined or preceded them. But Ligue 1 was the largest and seemed to be setting a tone that the rest of Europe would eventually follow, whether they liked it or not. But they never did.
It has been a month since Ligue 1 was canceled. Since then the Bundesliga has played two rounds of matches, La Liga has announced a return on June 11, the English and Italian leagues are poised to return in June. In America, NASCAR and UFC have returned, pro wrestling never left, and the NBA, NHL, and MLB are actively planning for July returns. Quite frankly it has become clear that Ligue 1 may turn out to be the most high-profile sports league in western civilization to give up its season without even the slightest inkling of a fight. Continue reading