NBA Suspends Season Until Further Notice For Coronavirus

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has suspended its season until further notice because of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus. The news broke Wednesday night after President Donald Trump gave an address to the nation regarding the virus that has worked its way into the United States and led to the cancellation or postponement of multiple events.

The announcement came after a member of the Utah Jazz was confirmed to have contracted the virus, ESPN reported.

The NBA said that a Utah Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the NBA reported. The player allegedly affected was not in the arena, and Wednesday night's suspension of the season was rather abrupt..

"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic," the NBA stated on its website.

Earlier Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors stated they would play its Thursday night home game against the Brooklyn Nets after the local government banned large gatherings of people to help prevent the spread of the virus.

This news comes the same day that the NCAA announced it would hold its March Madness tournament games with a "restricted audience" in the stands, which would mean the games being played without the craziness of fans cheering the underdogs.

It comes one day after the Ivy League canceled its conference tournament altogether, naming Yale the men's champion and conference representative in the NCAA tournament. The Ivy League also announced it has suspended all of its spring sports.

The coronavirus is also known as COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan City, which is in the Hubei Province of China. The virus has affected more than 118,000 people worldwide and is responsible for more than 4,200 deaths worldwide, mostly in China. The virus is starting to spread more rapidly within the United States, with 808 cases being reported, and 28 deaths in the United States, according to research by Johns Hopkins University. The virus has led to less people traveling through airports, or aspiring to be among large crowds.

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A detailed view of a coronavirus poster outside men's restroom prior to the game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on March 11, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images