Pandemic could change landscape of minor league sports in America

  • The Tacoma Defiance, a United Soccer League team based in Tacoma, Wash., play the San Diego Royal in a USL match March 11 inside an empty Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP, File)

  • An empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is shown April 8 in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

As North America’s pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey leagues try to play again in a pandemic, minor league sports face a more treacherous climb to return.