Everything fell apart in March.

As the spread of the coronavirus progressed from an outbreak into an ongoing global pandemic, collegiate and professional sports across North America had little choice but to put a hold on play.

The NCAA had to cut its losses and cancel the spring and remainder of the winter sports seasons outright, while the major professional leagues (the NBA, NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer) and their respective players unions have all been trying to find a safe and reasonable way to come back and try to salvage what’s either left of their seasons or the ones that are about to kickoff.

There’s been a ton of ideas thrown out there -- condensed playoffs, hub cities, bubbles, empty stadiums, and so on -- and plans at various points of progress. But all of them still have plenty of hurdles ahead of them.

The Inquirer has produced a ‘Ticket to a Return’ series that aims to keep you up to speed on how close each sport is to returning, and now they’ve been rounded up here into one place.

The Flyers - NHL

Provided the NHL's return-to-play plan goes on as scheduled, the Flyers will have to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the round-robin playoff seeding phase. Three Lightning players tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
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Provided the NHL's return-to-play plan goes on as scheduled, the Flyers will have to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the round-robin playoff seeding phase. Three Lightning players tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Status: The NHL and NHLPA agreed on a plan, and team facilites opened backed up to allow small group workouts and for players to start skating again. A 24-team return-to-play-format was put in place, the league just needs to find two hub cities to host it. But news broke Friday that three Tampa Bay Lightning players, two staff members, and Toronto Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews tested positive for the virus. It’s unknown how much that will affect the current plans.

Expected Start: August, training camps on July 10

The Sixers - NBA

Joel Embiid and the Sixers will have eight games to try and improve their playoff position under the NBA's plan to resume the season.
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Joel Embiid and the Sixers will have eight games to try and improve their playoff position under the NBA's plan to resume the season.

Status: The NBA and its players agreed to resume the season using the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando’s Walt Disney World. 22 teams in or within grasp of a playoff position will have eight “seeding games” to determine the final playoff bracket, and the postseason will go from there.

But given the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S. and the globe, some players, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving the most prominent among them, are debating whether it’s even the right thing to go back and play right now.

Expected Start: July 31

The Phillies - MLB

Bryce Harper and the players haven't been fans of any of the MLB owners' proposals for a condendsed season.
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Bryce Harper and the players haven't been fans of any of the MLB owners' proposals for a condendsed season.

Status: Baseball is (finally) back! After MLB’s contentious, prolonged negotiations, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday that the league anticipates opening the season in approximately one month. Players will report for training by July 1. It will be marked as baseball’s shortest season since 1878.

Expected Start: July 23 or July 24

The Eagles - NFL

The current plan is to have Carson Wentz and the Eagles, and the rest of the NFL, kick off the season in September as scheduled. Question is: Will anyone be allowed in the seats to watch?
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The current plan is to have Carson Wentz and the Eagles, and the rest of the NFL, kick off the season in September as scheduled. Question is: Will anyone be allowed in the seats to watch?

Status: The league held a virtual draft in April and had to scrap rookie camps and OTAs as team facilities had to remain closed. However, the NFL is, as of right now, still planning to go on with training camp in July and Week 1 of the regular season as planned. That said, the chances of that happening are looking more and more unlikely the deeper into summer we get, especially following Dr. Fauci’s comments on Thursday.

Expected Start: Sept. 10-13 for Week 1, training camps at the end of July.

The Union - MLS

When the Union pick up play, it'll be through a league-wide tournament in Orlando.
Philadelphia Union
When the Union pick up play, it'll be through a league-wide tournament in Orlando.

MLS will also be using Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex to salvage its season with a league-wide tournament beginning July 8, but there is still cause for concern. Atlanta United and Inter Miami each announced on June 18 that they had a player test positive, and Atlanta announced a second positive player on June 20.

College Sports

Healthcare workers from Temple administer coronavirus tests to members of the Temple football team outside of Edberg-Olson Hall on Thursday.
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Healthcare workers from Temple administer coronavirus tests to members of the Temple football team outside of Edberg-Olson Hall on Thursday.

A limited group of Temple fall sports athletes, mostly consisting of football players, will return to campus on Monday and be tested.

The hope is to get college sports back underway in the fall on their original schedule, but that’s still uncertain.

“Somebody said to me, we’re building the plane while we’re flying the plane,” Jessica Reo, Temple’s senior associate athletic director, told The Inquirer’s Mike Jensen.