The W.N.B.A., a summer league, never got a chance to get started. It will now begin on a date to be determined in July with a shortened 22-game schedule at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Extending the season much past early October is not possible because so many of the players have contracts with European teams for the winter.
Sabrina Ionescu, formerly of Oregon and just drafted No. 1, will be the most-watched rookie in the league in years. Her arrival is much needed by her team, the New York Liberty, which has won just a quarter of its games over the last two seasons.
There will be no more regular-season games in the N.H.L., which will skip right to the Stanley Cup playoffs, expanded to 24 teams from 16. Games are likely to be played in two hub cities, which have yet to be determined. The starting date is also to be determined, probably in late July.
Eight teams that would not have made the playoffs under the usual format will have a second life, including the storied Montreal Canadiens, who were the last team from Canada to win the Cup, in 1993.
Last season’s Stanley Cup winners and runners-up, the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, are at the top of their conferences again and will be among the teams getting byes.
M.L.S. will kick off its resumed season next Wednesday with the M.L.S. Is Back Tournament at Disney World. Teams will play three games that count toward the regular-season standings, then the top performing teams will advance to a playoff to decide the winner of the tournament.
After that, the regular season will resume with games planned at home sites. The M.L.S. Cup playoffs will be played as usual.