NBA

Sources: NBA Reaffirms Game Cancellation Protocol Regarding Coronavirus

Mar 6, 2020, 9:00 PM | Updated: Mar 7, 2020, 11:07 am
Vivint Smart Home Arena - Salt Lake City - Getty Images...
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)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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.”

Coronavirus Resources

Have you or a family member been affected by coronavirus issues in Utah? KSL wants to hear from you. Contact KSL by emailing social@ksl.com.

What is COVID-19? Here’s What You Need To Know To Stay Healthy: ksltv.com/432037/what-is-covid-19/

Latest coronavirus stories from KSL can be found at ksltv.com/coronavirus/.

Where in the world has the coronavirus already appeared? See the map: ksltv.com/?p=432035

Your Life Your Health: How can parents prepare their home, children against coronavirus: ksltv.com/?p=432060

How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

NBA

Trent Forrest - Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs...
Brian Preece

Former Jazz Guard Trent Forrest Signs Two-Way Deal With Hawks

Entering his third season in the NBA, former Utah Jazz backup point guard Trent Forrest has signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
2 days ago
paris-bass-and-justin-anderson...
Brian Preece

Report: Jazz Sign Forward Paris Bass To One-Year Contract

The Utah Jazz made news on Sunday when it was reported that they have signed small forward Paris Bass to a one-year contract.
2 days ago
Bill Russell - WCC...
KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer

Russell Was A Champion Of Activism Before Winning NBA Titles

Bill Russell never had to find his voice as an activist. He didn't know any other way but to speak his mind.
5 days ago
demarre-carroll-utah-jazz...
Associated Press

Former Jazzman Carroll Reunites With Budenholzer As Bucks Assistant

The Milwaukee Bucks have hired former NBA player DeMarre Carroll and former Utah Jazz assistant coach Vince Legarza as assistant coaches.
5 days ago
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert dunks (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)...
Ben Anderson

Should Jazz Retire Number 27 For Rudy Gobert?

Should the Utah Jazz retire the number 27 jersey worn by Rudy Gobert when he decides he's done playing in the NBA?
7 days ago
Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes passes past Chase Fischer #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars in th...
Michelle Bodkin

Powder League, Brandon Taylor Teaming Up For Charity Showcase

Former Runnin' Ute Brandon Taylor is back in town playing for the Powder League this summer and together they are teaming up for a Charity Showcase to benefit Utah Foster Care on August 9th.
8 days ago
Sources: NBA Reaffirms Game Cancellation Protocol Regarding Coronavirus