Sources: NBA Reaffirms Game Cancellation Protocol Regarding Coronavirus

Mar 6, 2020, 9:00 PM | Updated: Mar 7, 2020, 11:07 am
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A member of the Salt Lake City Police Department stands outside Vivint Smart Home Arena after it was evacuated on November 22, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The National Basketball Association reached out to its teams Friday night to reaffirm the league’s position regarding the cancellation of games. Speculation regarding team travel, interaction with fans, and the potential for playing games without fans in attendance have circulated with the spread of coronavirus worldwide.

Sources who have seen the memo the league sent to teams indicated that the memo was merely a reminder of league protocol regarding the chain of command when requiring an alteration to the league’s schedule.

The league has already postponed the beginning of the start of Basketball Africa League’s inaugural season due to the spread of coronavirus. The league previously sent a memo to NBA teams indicating that players and coaches should refrain from taking items from fans to autograph before games.

The league has an existing policy regarding cancellation of games usually due to weather-related travel issues, or problems with the arena or basketball court. The league last canceled a scheduled game due to the death of Kobe Bryant, allowing the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers to reschedule their January 28 matchup for April 9.

Coronavirus In Utah

The league’s memo is the second event related to Utah sports and the coronavirus.

Due to travel concerns related to the virus, Chicago State decided that it would not play its originally scheduled men’s and women’s basketball games against Utah Valley on Saturday, March 7.

The games were officially canceled on March 4.

They were the first Division I men’s basketball games canceled due to the coronavirus, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

On March 6, Utah governor Gary Herbert declared a State of Emergency related to Utah’s response to the coronavirus.

Later that night, officials confirmed the state’s first case of the virus.

“First and foremost, I’m hopeful this patient will make a fast and full recovery. This is undoubtedly a frightening situation for their patient and their family, and we stand ready to assist them,” said Herbert said. “Utah residents should feel confident that all levels of state and local government and our health care providers have been preparing for this moment for many weeks now. We will certainly see additional cases in the near future, and we are prepared to take the necessary steps to protect the public’s health and limit the spread of this illness.”

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Sources: NBA Reaffirms Game Cancellation Protocol Regarding Coronavirus