The NBA just announced yesterday that they will suspend the season due to the outbreak of Coronavirus until further notice. Two Utah Jazz players have been tested positive for the virus which were All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the center from France. Teams and media staff that interacted with Gobert and Mitchell will be tested for COVID-19.
Depending how long the shutdown costs, it could cost NBA franchises millions of dollars. Furthermore, the NBA wasn’t the only baskeball league to cancel games because of COVID-19. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the governing body for basketball has announced the that the Basketball Champions League would be suspended until further notice. The NCAA has also canceled Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments and championships planned in the winter and spring.
The Euroleague, the top league in Europe, has suspended games in Italy until April 11, 2020. This was due to teams refusing to play there because of the current outbreaks.
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