Ghost games in professional sports because of Omikron

In the stadiums and sports halls it will soon be bleaker again everywhere due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant of the corona virus. “Large national events are no longer allowed to take place with an audience, this applies in particular to football games,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on Tuesday after consultations with the prime ministers of the federal states.

Under point 12 of the resolution of the federal-state summit it said: “Large national events will take place without spectators from December 28, 2021 at the latest.” This means that the top leagues in basketball or ice hockey have to prepare for ghost games nationwide again. “This is not good news for professional sport as a whole,” said managing director Alexander Wehrle from Bundesliga soccer club 1. FC Köln.

“1.8 million euros loss of revenue per game”

The Bundesliga takes a break until January 7th, the 2nd Bundesliga and the 3rd division until January 14th. The Basketball Bundesliga and the German Ice Hockey League DEL have also scheduled games over the holidays and the turn of the year. The men’s Handball Bundesliga (HBL) will take a break from the European Championship after December 28th until the beginning of February.

HBL Managing Director Frank Bohmann (57) said the game break “sounds more comfortable than it is. We will have to get used to difficult times.” However, a season break has never been more appropriate than it is now. Already this Wednesday there will be another “Jour fixe” of the clubs to consult, he said.

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