Sports in America are coming to a screeching halt due to health and safety concerns for fans, players, and other personnel involved.
On the heels of the stunning news that Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, things have changed in a hurry for all four major sports in the US.
NHL announces halt in season
Following in the footsteps of the NBA, the NHL announced on Thursday afternoon that they too will be suspending the season.
According to ESPN, the NHL has suspended its season because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
They are remaining hopeful that play will resume in the future, however, when they will hit the ice again is anyone’s guess.
With just a little over three weeks remaining in the NHL’s regular season, players are deep into the grind, meaning if this were just a two-week break or so, getting back to action right away wouldn’t be an issue.
The NHL tweeted out their official statement explaining why they believe this is the right move.
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2020
One of the main reasons given by the NHL makes perfect sense.
Nowadays with so many teams sharing an arena for both basketball and hockey, for the NHL to continue to play at this moment would not be the correct move.
“Following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”
With the playoffs just around the corner, hopefully, this delay will not last long. But on the positive side, trying to prevent the coronavirus from spreading has become a top priority right now.
MLB suspends operations, Opening Day delayed
Major League Baseball is joining the NBA and NHL as far as suspending their operations due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Just as the Boys of Summer were putting the finishing touches on spring training, the announcement hit. Opening Day for all 30 teams was originally scheduled for March 26 and is now delayed for at least two weeks.
Per an MLB news release (below), the league will be shutting down all operations for at least two weeks with spring training games canceled as of 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier, which had games scheduled for Tucson, Arizona, was also postponed indefinitely.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu
— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020
According to a CBS Sports report, spring training games took place as scheduled in Florida on Thursday afternoon, with fans in attendance for the games. No more games will take place as of 4 p.m., though.
Now many sports fans will await the word on what’s next for their favorite players, teams, and leagues as the discussions over how to deal with coronavirus in the most effective way continue.