The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced last night that it would suspend its current season indefinitely. A story on NBA.com says:
“Faced with concerns and uncertainties over COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the impact on its games, its business and its extended family of players, coaches and fans, the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season Wednesday until further notice.”
The announcement came after the cancellation of the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder game earlier in the evening. That move was taken after a Utah Jazz player “preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.”
There are officially five weeks left in the NBA season after which the playoffs would start. Earlier in the day, the league considered playing games without fans present as the NCAA has started doing with college basketball tournament games. However, plans quickly changed after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
The official statement by the NBA says, “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Read more at NBA.com.