Coronavirus Scare Shuts Down MLB & NHL Seasons!

The MLB and the NHL are hitting the pause button on their seasons due to the Coronavirus scare. The NBA postponed the remainder of their season when it was revealed that Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. His teammate Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive.

As for the MLB and the NHL this is latest bit of news about the suspension of both organizations’ seasons:

Per Jeff Passan of ESPN

“After a conference call among owners this afternoon, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend spring training,” Passan tweeted. “The league likely will delay the beginning of the regular season as well. At this point, it’s a formality that ownership-level sources expect to happen.”

Spring training games were in progress in Florida early Thursday afternoon but Cactus League games in Arizona were not expected to be played.

The NHL put its season on pause on Thursday amid the global coronavirus pandemic, according to muliple reports.

Commissioner Gary Bettman had a conference call scheduled for 1 p.m. with the Board of Governors, and an official announcement from the league was expected.

Earlier Thursday, the league had advised its teams against conducting morning skates, practices or team meetings.

The league issued a statement on Wednesday night, less than an hour after the NBA announced that it would suspend its season.

“The National Hockey League is aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive for the coronavirus,” the league’s statement said. “The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options. We expect to have a further update (Thursday).”

So what’s left? Well the NFL is in its offseason right now. NASCAR has shown no signs of stopping due to the scare, and the newly formed Football League, the XFL is not throwing in the towel on the 2020 season yet.

No word yet when the sport leagues affected by the Coronavirus scare will resume.

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