"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday's schedule of games until further notice", the league wrote in a statement posted to its website.
In a statement issued Thursday, the National Hockey League said that "it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time" following news out of the NBA that Rudy Gobert, a player on the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus. "And we were constantly evolving our strategy as to how we were going to have our teams playing or not playing, or under what circumstances". - Our goal is to resume the game as soon as it is appropriate and reasonable that we were able to finish the season and hand the Stanley Cup. Full and half season ticket holders will have the money from cancelled games rolled over to playoff games or the 2020-21 season.
"The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures".
"For more information on ticket refunds/exchanges fans should go to www.milwaukeeadmirals.com".
As of Thursday, NHL officials had not announced any player tested positive for COVID-19.
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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs also questioned whether it was "prudent" for the country's leaders to gather in one spot. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also said Thursday he was "at home today, feeling unwell".
"The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic", the league said in a statement.
The NHL first announced Thursday morning that teams were not allowed to hold morning skates, practices or team meetings.
There are 189 games and 3 ½ weeks remaining in the NHL's regular season and there's some discussion about shortening the rest of the regular season and perhaps the first round of the Stanley Cup postseason.
According to the NCAA, the championship competitions could not be postponed due to scheduling conflicts with other organizations.
The San Jose Sharks then said their home games in March would go on without fans.
Several conferences on Thursday had made a decision to cancel their own championship tournaments, complicating the process of deciding who would play in the national tournament.