Sandy Spares Sports Schedules

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy’s floods and damaging winds, “The City that Never Sleeps” took a power nap Monday night.

Hurricane Sandy will go down in history as one of the costliest hurricanes in American history. Sandy has left millions of people in the Northeast without power and water, caused more than $20 billion in damages, and taken the lives of 145 people. But as strong and devastating as Sandy was, her impact won’t be felt in the world of sports.

Unlike “superstorms” like Hurricane Katrina that significantly disrupted or cancelled games and events, Sandy will barely affect sports in the United States. Look at it this way, the MLB season is over, the NHL season isn’t happening anytime soon, and the NFL had six days from the time Sandy hit the Jersey Shore to recover and play their games on Sunday. However, the NFL did move its trade deadline from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon (today) at 4 PM to accommodate teams affected by the storm. NFL games scheduled this Sunday for New York (Giants), Washington, and Cleveland are scheduled to be played without any problems.

The City of New York absorbed the wrath of Sandy quite severely. Subways and tunnels flooded, the New York Stock Exchanged closed for two consecutive for the first time since 1888, and the “City that Never Sleeps” went dark. As a result, the only major cancellation of the storm was announced on Wednesday. The NBA has postponed the season opening game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks scheduled for Thursday night. The game was supposed to mark the beginning of a new, cross-town rivalry between the two teams, but New York mayor Michael Bloomberg believed the logistics of getting people to the game safely would be too great of a challenge. The league will schedule the game for a later date, and the Knicks’ Friday night contest against the Miami Heat is still planned to be played.

Another major event in New York City is the annual New York Marathon. The race, held annually since 1970, has featured thousands of the world’s best long-distance runners. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the race will be held as planned, a move that has received criticism from people affected by the disaster. In response, Bloomberg said, “There’s an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people, we have to have an economy.”

Millions of people were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and it will take weeks, if not months, to recover from the impact of the devastating storm. But the world of sports is sending a powerful message to people: that even though the storm may have physically damaged buildings and scarred lives, life (as well as sports) goes on.

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