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Coronavirus Continues To Impact North American Sports

Several professional and collegiate leagues/tournaments are postponing upcoming events amid the Coronavirus pandemic

The impact and spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, is continuing to impact the North American sports landscape. The ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 have all cancelled their basketball tournaments over concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. At this time, the Big East, the A-10, the AAC, and C-USA have all reportedly cancelled their basketball tournaments as well. Furthermore, NFL teams are reportedly making changes to their pre-draft travel plans as a precautionary measure according to sources close to the league. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL has no plans to push back the start of the league year at this time. Earlier today, MLB Insider Jeff Passan reported that the MLB is expected to suspend spring training indefinitely. Passan is reporting that the league will likely delay the start of the MLB regular season as well. On top og that, NHL Senior Columnist for The Athletic Tornoto, Pieree LeBrun, tweeted that the NHL season has been paused according to a member of the league’s board of governors. Lastly, the MLS announced the league is shutting down for 30 days because of the pandemic.

Yesterday, the NBA announced that it has suspended gameplay this season for the foreseeable future after two players on the Utah Jazz reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA is reporting that Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were the two players that tested positive for the disease. The NCAA also announced yesterday that it plans to play its Men’s and Women’s tournaments with restricted access to the general public. will continue providing updates on the spread of COVID-19 as details continue to emerge about the pandemic.

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