Major sports leagues cancel or postpone seasons due to Coronavirus concerns, NBA player infected

NASCAR to run next two races without fans


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The NCAA DI Men's and Women's basketball tournaments, among others, will not be played this year.

Ole Olafson, Reporter

On Wednesday night, around 9:30 p.m. EDT, the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended their regular season indefinitely over concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

ESPN Staff Writer Royce Young, reported that the NBA’s decision came moments after it was confirmed that Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus.  Utah was scheduled to play the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Young reports that the game was seconds away from starting, when Donnie Strack, Director of Medical Services for OKC, ran on the court to alert referees of the situation.  The game was immediately postponed and subsequently cancelled.

That was Wednesday.

On the following day, Mar. 12, basically all professional and collegiate sports in the United States ceased being played for the immediate future.

Gabriel Fernandez updated the postponements and cancelations in an article for CBS Sports on Thursday night.

The National Hockey League (NHL) paused their season effective Thursday night.  League officials are hopeful the stoppage of play will not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has cancelled the rest of Spring Training and currently has plans to push back the start of the regular season for two weeks.

The NCAA has cancelled the DI Men’s and Women’s basketball Championships (it will be the first time the tournament has not been held since its inception in 1939), as well as all winter and spring sports Championships.

All college baseball and softball games have been cancelled.

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) cancelled the Players Championship after the first round was completed on Thursday afternoon.

The fledgling XFL decided to suspend play immediately.  The move effectively ends their first season, just as they were going to begin playing the second half of their schedule.

Major League Soccer (MLS) suspended play for 30 days, as did Phoenix Rising’s United Soccer League (USL) which acts as a developmental league and expansion pool for MLS.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has suspended play for six weeks and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has cancelled four tournaments, two in the U.S. and two overseas.

Internationally, the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled and numerous soccer and cricket matches are postponed or cancelled.

Some soccer matches abroad will be played without fans, a strategy that several U.S. sports associations, including the NHL and PGA hoped to adopt but ultimately decided against.  NASCAR appears to be the only major U.S. sports entity that will continue operations.  The organization reportedly plans to run it’s next two races, Atlanta and Homestead-Miami, without fans.

The 2020 Summer Olympics are still scheduled to begin July 24 in Tokyo, Japan, but the status of the games could ultimately be in doubt until perhaps May.