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 NBA Player tests positive for coronavirus; Thunder and Jazz players quarantined

Rudy Gobert on nba awards

 The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.

Prior to the start of the game between the Thunder and Jazz, Rudy Gobert and Utah guard and former SMU product Emmanuel Mudiay were taken to a local hospital in downtown Oklahoma City to be tested for coronavirus.

Now there will be no games at all, at least for the time being.  the Jazz player who tested positive was center Gobert.

NBA has announced that the season has been suspended after a Jazz player tested positive for coronavirus. As the coronavirus continues to threaten the United States, the NBA has taken a drastic step. On Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors announced that their home games will be played without fans for the foreseeable future after San Francisco banned events with crowds of more than 1,000 people. Wednesday, the entire NBA decided to play games without fans, but news of a Utah Jazz player who contracted coronavirus led the league to suspending the entire season.

Inability to control who players come into contact

Emmanuel Mudiay with a ball
Emmanuel Mudiay JAZZ Player

Considering the physicality of the game and the league’s likely inability to control who players come into contact with in their personal lives, one player getting a confirmed diagnosis was enough to force his entire team and any team that played against him into a 14-day quarantine. The policies the league is enacting now are being taken in an effort to prevent the spread any further than it already has gone.

All of this is uncharted territory. NBA previously implemented new media guidelines to avoid big scrums in and around locker rooms, requiring a six-to-eight feet gap between players and media, along with the fan ban. Then the suspension. It’s not clear how long this suspension will last.

The NBA has billions of dollars on the line through tickets, television sales and practically every other stream of revenue it cultivates during the season. The league is naturally doing everything in its power to preserve that revenue, but the increasingly dangerous virus has already begun cutting into that bottom line.