The NCAA basketball tournaments will be played in empty arenas, the XFL’s Seattle Dragons will play in an empty stadium on Sunday, the Sounders are postponing their match on March 22nd, and the Mariners are still working out logistics for the beginning of their season, but the NBA is the first major sports league in North America to suspend play altogether due to growing concerns of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Players from the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder were on the court for warmups, when they were told to return to their respective locker rooms right before tipoff. About half an hour later the fans in attendance heard an announcement that tonight’s game was postponed. Shortly after that the NBA announced that they were going to suspend play until further notice following the conclusion of tonight’s games around the league. Players for the Jazz and Thunder, as of the time I’m writing this, are quarantined at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
All of this comes after the discovery that Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.
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— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020