Sports in Asia, Europe and now North America have been hit particularly hard by concerns about the virus and the cancellations came with dizzying speed this week The NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 His teammate, Donovan Mitchell, also tested positive.
For Habs fans, the outlook isn't much better, as NHL PR staff noted earlier today that morning skates, practices, and team meetings are all on hold. Commissioner Gary Bettman told NHL Network on Friday that the league intends to "complete the season and get through the playoffs and award the Stanley Cup", but there is no "timeframe. one way or the other". "The health of our fans, players, staff and all of our associates is paramount, and we are hopeful that we can continue the season when it is safe to resume".
The NBA broke news Wednesday that it would be suspending its season after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus.
Major League Soccer is suspending play for at least 30 days, which means no Whitecaps games until mid April at least.
Commissioner Gary Bettman provided no timeline when announcing the "pause" on Wednesday because it's hard to predict. National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that his league will be shut down for at least a month.
But the viability of the National Hockey League season was put into question after the NBA announced Wednesday night that it is suspending its season after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19, an illness caused by exposure to a novel coronavirus.
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"We had, throughout the last few weeks, been constantly analyzing what was evolving, what the situation was, and what our responses need to be, and what all the possible contingencies could be", National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
Major League Baseball is likely to cancel the rest of its spring training game schedule due to the coronavirus. "And most of all, we want to do the right things and use common sense". They join the NBA, MLB, NCAA, MLS and XFL who have also deferred operations temporarily or canceled the remainder of their respective seasons.
"This contract is subject to federal or state legislation, regulations, executive or other official orders or other governmental action, now or hereafter in effect respecting military, naval, air or other governmental service, which may directly or indirectly affect the player, club or the league", every Uniform Player's Contract states.
"But I don't think as we sit here today, people should get too far ahead of themselves". It might depend on whether mass gatherings are being permitted outside of the sports world.
"My hope is at some point we will get back to some normalcy". Vancouver no longer has to rush goalie Jacob Markstrom back into the lineup.
"Public health and safety are a priority at a time like this. As is the case with anything else if this empty stadium trend continues for an extended period of time we will adapt the way we make our lines, but for now as this trend is just starting, I would not be surprised if we shade towards the Away teams as betters will perceive "value" on them playing in an empty arena". The IIHF has already canceled the women's worlds, which were scheduled to open later this month in Nova Scotia.