Earlier today, the NBA announced that they will be canceling all games “until further notice” because a player tested positive for the coronavirus. NBA owners had been looking at a proposal to temporarily play their games without fans because of concerns over the coronavirus crisis. They said in their statement below that they will use this time to discuss options.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Utah Jazz was suddenly postponed tonight right before the start. The NBA reported that “the test result was reported shortly before the tip-off of tonight’s game” and “the affected player was not in the arena.”
Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 but it’s being reported that Gobert was “feeling good, strong and stable…and was feeling strong enough to play tonight.”
After finishing his press conference on Monday, Gobert came back to the table, and intentionally touched all of the mics as the press laughed. He’s now tested positive for the virus:
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz thought the NBA precautions were a joke — so he touched everything in the room.
He tested positive for coronavirus today & now the whole NBA is shut down. 😫
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) March 12, 2020
Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell, has now tested positive for the coronavirus.
The NHL has announced that it will also be suspending their season due to the coronavirus.
Here is their official statement:
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2020
Here’s a current list of the canceled sports and major events over the past couple of days:
Events canceled/ppd in recent days:
-MLB spring training/season
-NCAA conference tournaments (maybe entire tourney)
-Pearl Jam tour
-Seattle Comic Con
I'm forgetting a ton, but the impact from all of this is going to be monumental.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 12, 2020