The coronavirus has reached the sports world, and it’s not messing around. On the same day the NCAA announced March Madness would be played to empty arenas, an NBA player tested positive for Covid-19, effectively putting the NBA season, and a large chunk of sports betting, on hold.
The NCAA has advised, across all of the sports that it governs, that sporting events should not be open to the public. As a result, March Madness will not be played in front of fans, with attendance restricted to essential staff members and family.
While March Madness is still going to happen, the big bombshell came today when Utah Center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19. Not only was Utah’s game against Oklahoma postponed, sending fans home confused, but the entire NBA season has been put on hold.
Gobert seems to be fine, but with as infectious as the disease is, he could have already spread it to dozens of players. “The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of today, however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19,” Utah said.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the league was considering playing games with no fans in attendance, like the NCAA has moved to. But if Gobert had already spread coronavirus to anyone, having games at all would put the league at risk.
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