In a shocking and unprecdented move the NBA has now decided to suspend its entire season until further notice after one of its players tested positive for Coronavirus.
As The New York Post reports:
SAN FRANCISCO — The NBA suspended its season “until further notice” Wednesday night in the wake of a Jazz player testing positive for coronavirus.
And just like that, the league has gone from business as usual, to playing behind closed doors, to not playing at all.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,’’ the league said in a statement issued just after 9:30 p.m. ET. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.’’
With outdoors league such as MLB and MLS going forward, NHL taking a wait-and-see approach and college basketball still playing — albeit behind closed doors — the NBA is an outlier and the first to shut down due to COVID-19.
The NBA is so far the first major league sports association to completely shut down over the Coronavirus.