New York —
Liga MX and broadcasters made the decision to end the tournament for good reasons
Liga MX canceled -for the first time in its history- definitively its tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic that in Mexico is far from being overcome, proof of this was the 8 Santos Laguna players who tested positive and that basically they forced this measure to be taken.
📝 Official Statement:
Regarding the determination of the @LigaBBVAMX, on the anticipated conclusion of the Clausura 2020 tournament, Club América reports # QuédateEnCasa | # ClubAméricaTeAcompaña | # SOMOSAMÉRICA 🦅🇲🇽⚽ pic.twitter.com/VplC8jM9Kq
– Club América (@ClubAmerica) May 22, 2020
After a meeting between the owners of the 18 First Division clubs it was decided to end all competition quite responsible way to safeguard the health of the players.
But … Why did that one cancel?
Many of the First Division sets in Mexico are in zonas that are at rojo red light ’: America, Cruz Azul and Pumas in Mexico City ; Xolos in Tijuana, the Red Devils in Toluca and The Strip team in town: Any game in these cities, even behind closed doors, represented a risk for the visiting team.
But surely, eThe most determining factor in making this decision was the participation of the two main Mexican television stations, TV Azteca and Televisa. where the greatest income from the teams comes from and they will not be cut even without playing the remainder of the tournament; As they were inside, canceling the league was much easier.
🚨 ATTENTION 🚨
Televisa, Fox Sports and TV Azteca are willing to pay the broadcast rights even if the tournament is not playedhttps: //t.co/B2LfzT58n7
– DIARIO RÉCORD (@record_mexico) May 18, 2020
The League and the Federation made a radical but wise decision, sport in heavily affected areas of Mexico It cannot be renewed until July being optimistic and maintaining the option to play the remainder of Clausura 2020 It would affect the entire next tournament making it 2 more problems than just one.