Sports

What’s the Best Sports Month?

I<n terms of the universal sports calendar, April is one hell of a glorified (and highly fulfilling) sports month. Just look at the pile of amazing stuff we as sports fans have witnessed so far.

The month kicked off with Major League Baseball’s opening week of games (although Opening “Day” was technically in March), which for me personally, is the true seasonal transformation from Winter into Spring. Then came the NCAA Basketball Championship games, where the women’s game entirely stole the show, with it’s magnificent flare for the dramatic. Later in the week, Augusta National Golf Course hosted the 82nd edition of The Masters, which not only boasted a leaderboard chalk full of studs, but at the turn of the final round, provided us with an unexpectedly great finish. On that Sunday, Wrestlemania 34 proved to be one of the WWE’s most entertaining Pay-Per-View event in well… years. The following week, most eyes shifted emphatically to both the NHL and NBA Playoffs, that began it’s high octane two-month journey, leading us into the summer months. Finally, the NFL Draft, slated for this Thursday, will bring the month to a compelling close.

“Ahhhh, it’s a wonderful time of year! And really, a murderer’s row of sporting events that covers a wide range of the core four (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL), as well as the semi-acquired tastes (Golf and College Basketball) and even the make believe (WWE).”
– Mike Hallihan

But scanning the events over the course of the year, with particular attention paid to 2018, is April the best sports month of the calendar year? That’s open to interpretation. So let’s interpret it.

“Prior to the deep dive, every worthwhile debate needs to establish some basic ground rules. This debate in particular needs to define two in particular: WHAT and WHEN sporting events should count. Here, digest these.”

But scanning the events over the course of the year, with particular attention paid to 2018, is April the best sports month of the calendar year? That’s open to interpretation. So let’s interpret it. But scanning the events over the course of the year, with particular attention paid to 2018, is April the best sports month of the calendar year? That’s open to interpretation. So let’s interpret it.

The Rules

  • Even though some of the events are only hosted every 2-4 years, they are still included in a given month (Examples: 2018 World Cup, Summer/Winter Olympics).
  • There are events that cross over between two separate months (Examples: The World Series now starts in October, but typically ends in November). To make the differentiation, I’m taking the higher number of days
  • WWE events are limited to “The Big 4” Pay Per Views (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series).
  • Because UFC has cards every month, only special consideration was given to the months of November and December, as this typically when they hold their biggest events (as per recent events)?
  • For a detailed calendar, The Guardian has a complete listing of all events.
  1. Even though some of the events are only hosted every 2-4 years, they are still included in a given month (Examples: 2018 World Cup, Summer/Winter Olympics).
  2. There are events that cross over between two separate months (Examples: The World Series now starts in October, but typically ends in November). To make the differentiation, I’m taking the higher number of days
  3. WWE events are limited to “The Big 4” Pay Per Views (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series).

January

Australian Open

NCAA National Championship (and Bowls)

First PGA event of new season

NFL Playoffs

NHL All-Star Game

Royal Rumble

Winter X Games

February

Super Bowl

Pitchers and Catchers report (Spring Training)

NBA/NFL Trade Deadlines

NBA All-Star Game

Winter Olympics

March

March Madness

NFL Free Agency / Combine

Spring Training

MLS season begins

April

Final Four / NCAA Championship Game

Masters

MLB Opening Day

Beginning of NBA/NHL Playoffs

NFL Draft

Wrestlemania

May

NBA/NHL Playoffs

French Open?

Kentucky Derby

FA Cup Final

UEFA Champions League Final

Indy 500

June

MLB

US Open

World Cup

NBA draft

NBA Finals

Stanley Cup Finals

July

MLB All-Star Game

British Open

NBA/NHL Free Agency

Tour de France

Wimbledon

Summer X Games

August

PGA Championship

NFL Preseason

Summer Olympics

SummerSlam

US Open

September

NFL season starts

MLB playoff races

Ryder Cup

October

NBA season starts

NHL season starts

MLB Playoffs / World Series

November

MLB winter meetings?

CFL grey cup

Survivor Series

December

NFL Playoff races

College bowl games

To be determined

MLB draft

NHL draft

Premier league

CFL

College basketball starts

College football starts


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