The best ‘sports’ to watch while real, live sports are suspended (part 1)

In a normal year, late March is one of the perfect times of the sports calendar. You have the start of the baseball season when the NBA and NHL run toward the playoffs. However, in this most atypical year, all of these games have been washed away due to the coronavirus pandemic.

You can only find replays of past sporting events on TV channels to fill their broadcast schedules but can’t find any live games to fill your quarantined days and nights. If you are running out of things to watch on ESPN or Netflix, here’s a list of alternate and simulated sports that you can watch on TV or online while you are stuck at home.

Phoenix Suns on Twitch

Although Actual NBA games are postponed, each NBA team keeps moving ahead with the remainder of its season. The Phoenix Suns has announced that it will play out the remaining games on its schedule virtually through NBA 2K20 on the Twitch channel of the team. And the social team of the Suns is considering the games as the real thing, posting recaps, and highlights to the Twitter page of the team.

eNASCAR iRacing

With its engines silenced, NASCAR started the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series quickly. There are 35 current and former drivers featuring in its first virtual race, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. who lost the leading spot on the final turn to Denny Hamlin. The race attracted such a big audience on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) that Fox has decided to broadcast virtual races until the end of the NASCAR season. Virtual races will feature live commentators like real races. For the first race, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Gordon, and Mike Joy provided commentary from the NASCAR studio while Clint Bowyer offered “in-car” analysis.