All major US sports leagues are suspended during the Coronavirus outbreak. What have they announced?
Earlier last week the NBA became the first league to suspend its season due to the Coronavirus. After spreading to 140 countries it’s been announced, all-major US sports leagues are suspended during the coronavirus outbreak. US Leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NHL, and of course the NBA paused all games. All are making an effort to practice social distancing during the Covid-19 virus. Earlier this week the World Surf League (WSL) has also postponed or cancelled all events. WSL said this effects all levels of competition until the end of May. What’s going with athletes during the coronavirus outbreak and what have they announced?
Who was the first Athlete on a major US sports league to test positive for Covid-19? NBA All Star center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. As he was leaving a media press conference on March 9th jokingly touched all the press microphones and recorders lying on the table. He laughed at the matter taking coronavirus as a joke. Two days later he was the first athlete on a major US Sports team to test positive for coronavirus. Prior to the Utah Jazz- Oklahoma City game, the test results were shared with the game officials and staff. Within minutes they made an announcement postponing the game. Later that evening the NBA suspended the entire season.
Rudy Gobert later released a public apology saying: “I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis … mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment,” wrote Gobert.
“The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse.”
The NHL was more than halfway through its regular season before announcing they will be suspending all games.
During a statement by the NHL announcing its suspension of games, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league hopes to, “resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup.”
Baseball season didn’t even get a chance to begin! The MLB (Major League Baseball) was in the middle of their preseason before announcing it would be delaying the start of their season. The season start date was initially planned for April 9th. During a press conference MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, saying the would be following the Center of Disease Controls guidelines. They are following the recommended guidelines and postponing events of more than 50 people.
What have some of the leagues said? The MLB has given players the option to continue practicing, while the NBA and NHL has said players can still travel. Commissioner Robert Manfred of the MLB said:
“Really, to give players some place to use a gym as opposed to being forced out into a public gym and the like. We’re really encouraging players to make a decision. Where they want to be, over an extended period of time and get to that location as soon as possible.” Robert Manfred
The NHL has announced players can travel to other residences including outside of North America.
“continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results” to teams’ medical staffs. The travel guidelines will last through and including March 27, The NHL league said in statement.
A copy of the NBA’s memo said, “stay in that city, remaining home as much as possible and limiting contact with others through social distancing.”
Its now been announced the four players of the Brooklyn nets, one of them being Kevin Durant, have tested positive for Covid-19. The last team they played was the Los Angeles Lakers. More athletes across all leagues will probably test positive, it’s only a matter of time. As for when will the NBA will resume, league owners are suggesting mid June