NBA Could Join World Sport to Implement Drastic Changes Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Published 03/11/2020, 5:12 AM EDT


The National Basketball Association (NBA) is ready to take substantial measures to tackle the Coronavirus that continues to plague the world.

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ESPN reported that the league’s board of governors had a critical conference call on Wednesday. In the call, they discussed the possible measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The reports suggest that the NBA is considering moving games to the opponent’s arena if the home city is suffering from an outbreak. They also discussed the possibility of playing games without the presence of fans.

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However, the extent to which the virus has spread in the United States is yet unknown. A few European countries like Italy have all major sporting events suspended with the Coronavirus outbreak. But the NBA will have to consider the extent of the outbreak in America before making any such decisions.

 

The reports from ESPN suggest that the league is expected to have two additional conference calls on Thursday. It is supposed to involved team presidents and General Managers to discuss the measures to counter the Corona Virus.

LeBron James isn’t a big fan of playing in the NBA in front of empty stands but understands its importance

One of the biggest superstars in the NBA, LeBron James, doesn’t seem to be a big fan of playing in empty stadiums. Only last week, he had said that fans are what he played. But on Tuesday, James also iterated its importance from a safety point of view.

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“Obviously, I would be very disappointed not having the fans, because that’s what I play for,” James told reporters on Tuesday.

“I’d be disappointed in that. At the same time, you gotta listen to the people that’s keeping a track of what’s going on. If they feel it’s best for the safety of the players, the safety of the franchise, the safety of the league to mandate that, then we’ll all listen to them.”

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Saketh Kandadai

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