Last night, the NBA announced that it would suspend the season until further notice after a player for the Utah Jazz had symptoms of and tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has now reached pandemic status.
The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. pic.twitter.com/uKCZBO8JHf
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 12, 2020
Before tipoff, CP3 reportedly went over to the Jazz bench and asked "What's wrong with Rudy?”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 12, 2020
The NBA acted quickly once they found out the players’ status. As for the NHL, a league which shares many arenas in common with NBA teams, the league will make a decision later today.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
Of course, in the last week, the NHL released some ideas about what to do during this viral spread, including teams playing without fans in the stands. The San Jose Sharks have already had to make plans to play without live fan support due to Santa Clara County’s declaration banning large gatherings for the next 3 weeks.
Santa Clara County has implemented a mandatory ban on all large gatherings.
The ban, which will begin at midnight on Wednesday, will span 3 weeks and apply to events with more than 1,000 attendees.
The ban will apply to San Jose Sharks games planned for San Jose’s SAP Center.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) March 10, 2020
It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL rules on this. The regular season only has about 3 weeks remaining, with most teams having played about 68-70 games of the 82 game slate. Suspending to a later date will likely mess with other event scheduling. Suspending play for 3 weeks and starting up with the playoffs might be the better plan, albeit a money losing plan.
We’ll update here once we know.