March Madness has been cancelled, the NBA may be off for a month, and more
The NBA is planning on suspending gameplay for at least 30 days before deciding if it will continue the 2019-2020 season. The NBA sent out a letter to its fans yesterday stating “this hiatus will last at least 30 days and we intend to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned.”
The NBA suspended play on Wednesday following the conclusion of a game between the Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks, which Dallas won 113-97. The Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans were scheduled to play at 10:30 PM EST that night, but the game was postponed out of caution for the potential spread of Coronavirus.
Yesterday, the NHL announced that it will suspend league play. The league released a letter from Commissioner Gary Bettman that read, “in light of the ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.” The league also said that it hopes to continue the season “at an appropriate and prudent” time.
The NHL Players’ Association released a statement yesterday also that said that it agreed with the decision to suspend play. “The decision to temporarily suspend play due to the COVID-19 pandemic is an appropriate course of action at this time.”
Major League Baseball announced it will cancel the remainder of spring training and delay the start of the baseball season by at least two weeks. The decision was announced on Thursday after a conference call between all 30 teams as well as a consultation with the MLBPA. The MLB said that it does this for “the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.”
NFL teams are avoiding and almost completely stopping scouting operations out of concern over the Coronavirus. The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets are all teams that have ordered their scouts to return to their homes. The league also announced Thursday that the Annual League Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, was canceled. The NFL did say that it still plans to begin the new league year as scheduled.
There will be no March Madness this year my friends. Around 4:00 PM EST yesterday, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the organization’s Board of Governors announced the cancelation of the 2020 Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments. The organization also went on to say that it has canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA Championships.