The 2019/20 Eredivisie season is off, but the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 are preparing to return, in mixed signals for the future of the Premier League.
The news Liverpool fans were dreading came on Friday, as the Eredivisie cancelled their season without crowning a champion.
The Netherlands banned professional sporting events until September, so this was the only sensible decision. All the same, it made them the first top league to call off the competition, and without crowning a winner. That sets a bit of a precedent.
By contrast, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 are getting closer to a return. The German top division will return on May 9th, assuming they get final approval from the government. Ligue 1 clubs will rejoin training on May 11th to restart their season in June.
At the moment, I’d say it’s more likely the Premier League will follow the lead of Germany and France. Assuming everything goes smoothly in the Bundesliga, other major divisions should follow.
It’s just easier to fulfil sponsorship and broadcasting contracts by completing the season. Fairness and the integrity of the competition are no longer major factors, unfortunately.
On the other hand, if players in the Bundesliga start contracting the virus, that could quickly spell the end for the season. It’s all on a knife-edge at the moment.