by on March 11, 2020

The National Basketball Association will suspend its season after a player tested positive for coronavirus, upending the league’s attempts to maintain business as usual during the outbreak.  

A player on the Utah Jazz received the diagnosis on a preliminary basis, the NBA said in a statement Wednesday. The test result came shortly before the Jazz were to play the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the game was scrapped. “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”


Basketball fans leaves an NBA game between Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz after it was postponed. 


The player who tested positive for Covid-19 wasn’t in the arena when the Jazz game was about to take place, the NBA said.

The decision -- coming less than 24 hours after a number of NBA teams were adamant that their games would continue with arenas full of spectators -- also shows just how quickly the sports world is rushing to update its approach to the virus.












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