NBA looks at coronavirus contingency plans – report

first_imgThe NBA has reportedly told teams to look into strategies on how to play games without fans in the arena amid concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants teams to start thinking about how they might play games without paying spectators and identify which “essential” staff would be needed As fears grow over the spread of the virus, and sports leagues formulate contingency plans, the NBA on Friday sent a memo to its teams telling them to start “developing” plans on how to play games with only “essential staff” in attendance should that be deemed necessary, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported. The NBA had sent out a previous memo to teams earlier this week, recommending players to use fist-bumps instead of high-fives with fans. It also said to avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys from fans to sign. “The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount,” the NBA said in a statement on Monday. “We are co-ordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.” Read Also: Fist bumps replace handshakes, sweaty towels off limits in Davis Cup The global spread of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the international sporting calendar with Formula One motor racing, golf and athletics among the sports cancelling or postponing events. In Italy, the hardest-hit European country with 148 deaths from the novel coronavirus, all major sports events, including football matches, will be played behind closed doors until April 3. Davis Cup tennis ties in Italy and Japan are being played behind closed doors this weekend. Promoted ContentWill 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?World’s Most Delicious Foods7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img