Amid widespread panic over COVID-19 Coronavirus, professional sporting events cancellations and postponements are coming out left and right. Over the last 24 hours, The National Basketball Association (NBA), and The National Hockey League (NHL) both announced that they were suspending their seasons effective immediately.
This morning, The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that they were canceling their postseason basketball tournaments. The ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, American, MAC, Atlantic-10, Colonial, Conference USA and WAC all decided to cancel tournaments Thursday morning before games began.
The Big East tournament quarterfinals started at noon ET, before announcing at halftime that the rest of the league tournament would be canceled.
“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our student-athletes and coaches who have been preparing all season to compete in this event as well as viewers at home,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “While this was not an easy decision, the health and well-being of our entire SEC community is of paramount importance.”
- The NBA Cancellation came shortly after Basketball player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus late Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, fellow Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also has contracted the COVID-19 virus. Gobert reportedly thought it was funny to touch his teammates and belongings in the locker room and likely spread the illness…
- The NBA suspended their season indefinitely on Wednesday night
- practices and games through the remainder of the academic calendar will also be canceled.
- The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is the biggest global sporting event of the year, and organizers have already voiced concerns that the COVID-19 could delay or even cause the event to be canceled.
- The status of the games could be up in the air as late as May.
- The flame lighting ceremony this week in Greece is happening but fans have been banned from attending.
- The regular season has started, but spring training has been postponed and locker rooms will be closed to the media.
- The league closed locker room access to media members, beginning Monday.
- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday the league will “pause” its season, effective immediately, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” Bettman said. “However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”
- The Seattle Dragons will host Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday without fans in attendance
Other Entertainment Closures:
- Disneyland announced it has temporarily closed its California theme park — starting March 14 through the end of the month.
- Princess Cruises suspends operations for 60 days; Viking Cruises cancels all cruises due to coronavirus.
How to Prepare for Coronavirus Chaos
From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak we have warned that the reaction to COVID-19 and the panic that it will cause could be more dangerous than the actual outbreak. Sadly, without these sporting events we live in a country where lack of entertainment could be enough to push some people over the edge.
This week we already saw social unrest and protests when the NCAA stopped college fans from coming to the games, just think about how these same people may react now! Hell, these are people who riot when their team loses!
We’ve seen panic and supply shortages at stores throughout the country, Cities admitting they have plans for forced quarantines, National Guard deployments and lockdowns in New York.
In the past, when you talked about things like forced quarantines and martial law people called you crazy or conspiracy theorist, but after seeing what happened in China, Italy, and now in New York, I think we need to be prepared for the very real possibility that local, state and even entire regions may be caught up in a quarantines, where your movement is severely restricted – possibly by force and martial law.
Hell, even the Mainstream Washington Post is now tweeting out photos of what they say are mass coronavirus graves in Iran. How is that for a conspiracy? Just a month ago Twitter and Facebook were banning accounts for posting things like that — claiming it was conspiracy or Russian propaganda.
Coronavirus burial pits so vast they’re visible from space.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 12, 2020
Iranian authorities began digging a pair of trenches for victims just days after the government disclosed the initial outbreak. https://t.co/3S4dgLisbu pic.twitter.com/UJwEWEAdhi