2020 has been a difficult year for sports fans, with many of the biggest events cancelled or delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As the year comes to a close, there are still some exciting events you can catch online., though
The Breeders’ Cup, November 6-7
This is one of the main events in the North American horse racing calendar. It has been held each year since 1984 and can attract more than 100,000 spectators over the two days of spectacular racing.
However, the event will be held behind closed doors in 2020, with fans having to watch a live online stream of the race as it unfolds. The action is to take place at the Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky and more than a dozen races will be spread over the two days.
The main event is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is to be held on the second day, November 7, and will have a $6 million purse up for grabs.
Fans can follow the action live and place Breeders’ Cup bets on a mobile device or laptop. Click here to see the previous years’ results: TwinSpires.com/breeders-cup/results
EPL Games, Various Dates
The soccer teams in England are among the most widely followed of any sport, with supporters of Liverpool, Manchester United and the rest found in every corner of the planet now. Any sports fan travelling to England would normally be tempted by the idea of trying to get a ticket for a big game.
Yet, the EPL season has been completely disrupted by the pandemic, leading to all of the games currently taking place behind closed doors for safety reasons. Many of these games can be seen on TV, and there have recently been calls for the pay-per-view options in the EPL to be extended.
There are encouraging signs that fans may eventually be allowed to enter stadiums here, as other leagues across Europe slowly begin to introduce crowds again, but it could be next season before this happens in the UK.
The Turkish F1 Grand Prix, November 15
The F1 motor racing season has seen different approaches used to crowd limits, as it has moved from one country to the next. For example, the Tuscan Grand Prix in Italy had a limit of fewer than 3,000 spectators each day, while the Sorochi event in Russia had ten times that number.
An outbreak of infections following the Russian event led to a change of plans from then on, as authorities decided to keep fans out for their own safety.
This means that Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park Circuit on November 15 will be held behind closed doors. The original plan was for 100,000 people to attend, but we need to wait to find out when we will next see so many spectators at a F1 race.
The US Golf Masters, November 12-15
This event is held each year at the Augusta National Golf Club, and it is one of the sport’s major tournaments. The 2020 championship will still be held here, but with no spectators allowed in to see the players competing.
It normally takes place in April of each year, but this time around it will be held in mid-November, with the lack of daylight at this time of year meaning that different groups players will start on the 1st and 10th holes at the same time.
Officials have even had to cancel the par-three contest that traditionally takes place before the tournament each year and that Matt Wallace won last year. However, the main event will still go ahead, as the 84th edition of this famous tournament that millions watch on television each year.