As NFL “closely monitors” coronavirus, NBA begins taking specific steps

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The NFL is fortunate, relatively speaking, that the coronavirus (officially, COVID-19) has begun spreading domestically during the league’s offseason — and a week after the annual Indianapolis convention known as the Scouting Combine. Other professional sports leagues won’t be as lucky.

The NBA, which is in the final several weeks of its regular season, has begun making plans for dealing with the inevitable spread of the virus. Via ESPN.com, the immediate, low-tech solution has focused on recommending that players choose fist bumps over high fives with fans, and that players refrain from taking pens, ball, and jerseys from fans for autographs.

The NBA also is looking at the possibility of limiting or canceling pre-draft combines, on-site workouts, and international scouting events, based on the extent of the outbreak.

There’s no mention made in the memo obtained by ESPN.com of NBA games, which will entail on an ongoing basis into June people gathering in the thousands at various arenas throughout the country. Canceling the games surely isn’t an option. Playing them before an empty arena for TV purposes, in theory, could be. And it may not be voluntary; whether or not tickets have been purchased, people may simply choose to stay away.

As of Sunday, the NFL said it is “closely monitoring” the coronavirus situation. Even though football season doesn’t begin to return until the Hall of Fame game in August, the draft in Las Vegas is looming, only 51 days away. Before that, the league’s power brokers (and a swarm of media) will gather in Palm Beach for the annual league meetings.

Depending on how the next couple of weeks ago, those events could see significant changes.

42 responses to “As NFL “closely monitors” coronavirus, NBA begins taking specific steps

  1. Overreact much? This virus is nowhere near as lethal as the run of the mill influenza.

  2. I think the good people of Indianapolis might have a concern or two. And all those that attended. I sure thought about it.

    People with COPD’s are at most risk, so the players might not think twice but I guarantee a few have parents/grandparents who do. Or a sibling with asthma. Certainly people in their community.

    I’m not a worrier. Waste of energy. Educate and prepare yourself. Take the necessary precautions. Unfortunately, many people do not thus the likelihood of this virus spreading more than it should.

  3. The league is fortunate that the Coronavirus is spreading throughout the league office?

    Or off season?

    🤦‍♂️

  4. 324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.

  5. People are already starting to avoid supermarkets and subways. Sports events are pretty far down the ladder of necessity from those. I see this likely hurting NBA attendance to the point that the stands look half-empty at best on TV. Let’s hope the virus situation settles down by playoff time.

  6. myspaceyourface says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:31 am
    324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.

    2 2 Rate This
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    When does misinformation become an outright lie? Do you even realize we can guess your sole source of news from inaccurate posts like this?

  7. what ever happened to the swine flu & the bird flu?? should i still have “fear”??

  8. It will be sad to see the NFL cancel the NFL draft in Vegas but with 700,000 people in tight close quarters on the west coast not good

  9. hesarussianasshat says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:02 am
    myspaceyourface says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:31 am
    324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.

    2 2 Rate This
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    When does misinformation become an outright lie? Do you even realize we can guess your sole source of news from inaccurate posts like this?

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    You could guess and you’d be wrong.
    Panic if you like, but there is no need.
    You are more likely to be stabbed to death, die in a plane crash, or be blown up by a terrorist.
    Spastically speaking of course….

  10. xbam says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:05 am
    what ever happened to the swine flu & the bird flu?? should i still have “fear”??

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    They were given time to develop vaccines and treatments for those. They still exist, but are manageable. Because the coronavirus is new, they do not yet have vaccines and treatments. In a year or two, the coronavirus may not be a big deal anymore. But, without currently having had time to figure out exactly how to combat it, there will be more deaths. But, continue to hide your head in the sand and make snarky comments, because that will help somehow….

  11. hesarussianasshat says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:02 am
    myspaceyourface says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:31 am
    324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.

    2 2 Rate This
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    When does misinformation become an outright lie? Do you even realize we can guess your sole source of news from inaccurate posts like this?
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    bet we can guess your sources as well!
    you are correct though, his numbers are indeed off. there is actually around 100 cases with 6 deaths making is slightly more potent than the run of the mill influenza.

  12. This is ridiculous. What exactly is the NFL supposed to do? 6 people have died… SIX!! And every one of them had underlying health issues. This is much ado about nothing.

  13. logast says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:11 am
    Overreact much? This virus is nowhere near as lethal as the run of the mill influenza.
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    In answer to this & similar comments: Actually it’s twice as deadly, it just hasn’t got here yet.

  14. 6 deaths in Washington State alone. 90,000 cases in 70 countries with 3,100 deaths worldwide. Your wall (which Mexico isn’t paying for in anyway) can’t stop a virus.

  15. Not to worry, Papa Trump has defunded the CDC and will fend off any pandemic with tax cuts. His hand picked guy running the effort against coronavirus doesn’t even believe in basic science. What could go wrong?

  16. According to the CDC estimates there have been between 18k-46k influenza related deaths in the 2019-2020 flu season. Per their website.

  17. myspaceyourface says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:31 am
    324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.

    —————————————————-

    Imagine what the number would be if we didn’t have a flu shot? That number would be more comparable to what could happen with coronavirus. But please keep talking about things you know nothing about.

  18. Please, for the ignorant, go to your rallies, Darwin will sort it all out.

    I’ll stay on the side of science, not my own feelings.

  19. chc4 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:42 am
    This is ridiculous. What exactly is the NFL supposed to do? 6 people have died… SIX!! And every one of them had underlying health issues. This is much ado about nothing.

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    So if I have an underlying health issue, it’s okay that I die? REALLY? Are you THAT insensitive? I guess ‘thinning of the Herd’ works for you.

    I have TWO COPD’S. BOTH courtesy of rescue and recovery from the WTC (aka 9/11, those who were really there call it the World Trade Center NOT Nine-Eleven).

    Silly me for having underlying health risks. FWIW I was ‘supposed’ to have been gone already. So maybe I’ll get this and thin the Herd for people like you. Pathetic that sub 100 IQ’s (yeah you) get to pass go while people with the one shoe fits all ‘underlying health issues’ are throw away-able.

  20. hesarussianasshat says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:58 am
    6 deaths in Washington State alone. 90,000 cases in 70 countries with 3,100 deaths worldwide. Your wall (which Mexico isn’t paying for in anyway) can’t stop a virus.

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    Here’s hoping it strikes hard at the Democratic National Convention.

  21. logast says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:11 am
    Overreact much? This virus is nowhere near as lethal as the run of the mill influenza.
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    You need to study up Bro instead of just posting “fake news”. Corona Virus kills 25-30 out of every 1000 infected. The Flu kills 0.1 out of every 1000. thus making Corona Virus far more lethal than the Flu….

  22. For all of you who parrot a certain 5th grader, there are vacinations for most strands of the Flu. The percentages of death are starkly different. When you have .01% dying from the Flu (and that’s say, 5000 people) versus 3% and it’s 6 people, DO THE MATH. 300X more. So IF this spraeds like the flu, that 5000 wil be 1.5 million.

    I’m not saying these numbers are correct but they are close enough to make a point. You want to be shot with a 12 gauge or a .22 ?

    More people die from pick a disease than all wars combined. So who wants to be dropped off in Syria for a nice two week vacation? Or Wuhan? This IS a big deal and it’s so great our VP is praying for us all. Thanks, bro…

  23. bgmpolls says:
    March 3, 2020 at 10:20 am
    myspaceyourface says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:31 am
    324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.

    —————————————————-

    Imagine what the number would be if we didn’t have a flu shot? That number would be more comparable to what could happen with coronavirus. But please keep talking about things you know nothing about.

    __—–_____—–______—-_______

    Imagine if we didn’t have indoor plumbing, clean running water, and the ability to refrigerate and store food.
    Imagine if socialist run cities didn’t let their streets turn into a giant toilet.
    Releasing people with mental illness, addiction, and pre existing conditions onto the streets.

  24. logast says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:11 am
    Overreact much? This virus is nowhere near as lethal as the run of the mill influenza.
    ————————————————-
    You need to study up Bro instead of just posting “fake news”. Corona Virus kills 25-30 out of every 1000 infected. The Flu kills 0.1 out of every 1000. thus making Corona Virus far more lethal than the Flu….

    ______________

    Yeah, he’s also jumping to conclusions about his dumpster fire Lions on here on the reg under many different names too. The kid lives in his world, just ignore him.

  25. Wash your hands CORRECTLY and don’t touch your eyes and or mouth …there ya go you’re safe

  26. You have a greater chance of being killed driving to work. Maybe everybody should stop driving. Media driven paranoia.

  27. Media driven paranoia.
    ————————
    This is exactly what it is. Nothing more.

  28. “ 324,000,000 Americans and 62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    Influenza killed over 5,000 Americans in the last 2 weeks.”

    You don’t get it. It’s easy treat 100 people and give them the highest care. If 100,000 are infected in a localized area it will overwhelm the system. And, it will spread uncontrollably. Do you think the response in the US will be equal to China? They don’t have to worry about human rights, and can built hospitals in less than a week.

    The initial response needs to be overwhelming, and all precautions need to be taken, because after it spreads the opportunity to stop it ends.

  29. Ya God help the bottom line. They probably have ideas that this too shall pass and be gone before the pre season starts.

  30. It’s so obvious who her loves a certain 5th grader. As a retired police officer I am SO GLAD, I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. Most of you would assume I would be a right wing on your side type (happens every day). BUT the republicans ABANDONED the first responders as did the billionaire trying to take down the 5th grader. THEY ALL LIE. THINK FOR YOURSELF AND STOP BEING A SHEEP. Be a Shepard. I am neither.

    Sincerely,

    A Sheep Dog (might be over your bigly heads because it’s so complicated, one needs to be at least a 6th grader).

  31. myspaceyourface says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:31 am

    …62 reported cases. (.0000019)
    ========================================
    6 of them are now dead. (.1)

  32. chc4 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 9:42 am
    This is ridiculous. What exactly is the NFL supposed to do? 6 people have died… SIX!! And every one of them had underlying health issues.
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    Six is quite a few given the number of cases. Also, many people have these underlying health issues. You might not but I bet you know several people who do. A co-worker of mine keeps says “It’s only old, vulnerable people”as if it somehow makes him immune or he doesn’t have children or parents that fit into these categories himself.

  33. I don’t think there is any league that is more anti-fan than the NBA. I used to watch a ton of NBA but now the players openly blast fans and the league is super protective of it’s players. No thanks.

  34. “Pathetic that sub 100 IQ’s (yeah you) get to pass go”

    You’re being generous as to their IQs

  35. While they’re at it they might as well start calling palming and traveling. Never let a crisis go wasted.

  36. ” It’s easy treat 100 people and give them the highest care. If 100,000 are infected in a localized area it will overwhelm the system. And, it will spread uncontrollably. Do you think the response in the US will be equal to China? ”

    I don’t think the US response won’t be to deny that it even exists for several weeks after it hits >100 cases in the country if that’s what you mean. Word got out through unofficial channels.

  37. Its RIDICULOUS to cite the alleged “totals” now. Its JUST starting to spread. The problem is that its THREE HUNDRED TIMES MORE LETHAL than the flu.. and we wont be able to test everyone and its easily transferred.

    Worst of all, we wont have a vaccine for nearly a year. This IS a threat and its BAD. If you even think this is about politics you have NO clue what were up against

  38. Many on here seem unaware that pandemics are not new. I have lived through 2 already.

    People of a certain age, say those who remember what they were doing when they heard the news that JFK had been shot, might remember the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-69. It killed 15% of Hong Kong’s population, about 34,000 people in the USA, and well over a million people worldwide. In 1956-58, the Asian flu pandemic killed about 70,000 people in the USA and an estimated 2 million worldwide. Schools were not closed, panic and hoarding did not run rampant, we did not have updates every 15 minutes on the number of people infected or died. Thanks to social media, we have all of that today.

    This coronavirus will bring on suffering and grief for many families and some temporary disruption to life as we know it. None of that is a good thing. But if we follow the guidelines put out by the CDC, and demonstrate some care and concern for other people, we will get through this and go on with our lives. Or at least most of us will; I am old, so the outcome for me might not be so positive. However, I plan to make it 3 for 3 when it comes to pandemics.

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