By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation
We’re kicking off our ‘Daily Noontime’ coverage a bit later than usual this morning – we apologize for the pause, so let’s get right into what you need to know about the sports world being impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For starters, the NBA has suspended its season due to Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz testing positively for the virus, according to multiple reports last night.
With this news, the Boston Celtics season is at a standstill. But more importantly, players, coaches, and members of the team may have to self-quarantine due to a recent contest with the Jazz, which took place last Friday, March 6th. According to WBZ in Boston, the Jazz practiced at Emerson College’s gym while they were in town last week.
Boston was scheduled to tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks this evening, but that game is canceled. The Celtics should be back home soon – we hope they are doing well during this unusual time in our country (and the world).
It was reported this morning by Sportsnet that “all NHL clubs have been advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings amid efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19.”
The league is expected to announce later today its plan for its remaining regular-season contests. And we shouldn’t be surprised if they follow the NBA and decide to suspend the current season for a few weeks and months.
Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced they are suspending its season, per multiple reports, including Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. Wahl tweeted this morning that the reason for suspending the season was due to coronavirus.
Finally – and we reported on this last night – March Madness, which begins next week, will not include fans. Only players, coaches, team representatives, and select family members will be allowed to attend games, pending both tournaments are played.