2020 Sports Event Tracker

Two Circles analysts tracked the number of sports events taking place globally against an originally-scheduled, pre-Covid-19 sporting calendar. Only events for professional, competitive sports events with a projected paid ticketed attendance of at least 5,000 (pre-Covid-19) were considered.

2020 Global Sports Calendar (Number of Weekly Events)

Covid-19 rocked the entire world in 2020, and sport was no exception – professional sports events all but stopping globally from March through to June, before rising dramatically in number from July as rights-owners looked to make up for lost games.

Throughout the year, Two Circles tracked sport’s return to action in different countries, analysed how and when they were able to come back, and analysed how this looked against the original, pre-Covid-19 schedule.

For an overview of sports events across 2020, see our global sports calendar above. For in-depth analysis on different countries from June to August 2020 – as sport started to get back to ‘normality’ – take a look through our individual sports tracker updates below.


Previous 2020 Sports Event Tracker updates:
July 13: Sport’s return in North America defies growing US Covid cases
July 6: Japan to welcome fans from Friday following staggered sporting return
June 29: German sport weathers Covid storm with Bundesliga completions
June 22: Sport returns to China after five-month hiatus
June 15: Football and Royal Ascot put UK sport on road to normality
June 8: Football return boosts Portugal’s Covid-19 recovery
June 1: Germany leading European race to sporting normality