In the wake of Coronavirus crises, Major League Baseball is going to suspend all its operations, which also includes spring training as well as the first two weeks of the regular season, for the upcoming four weeks.
The announcement was made by the league on Thursday, in response to the spread of coronavirus all around the world. The regular season of MLB was initially set to begin from March 26, but Opening Day is now going to be played no before than April 9, 2020.
MLB is basically the fourth major American pro sports league that has suspended its season because of the outbreak of COVID-19, which has killed more than thousands and infecting many. Other than MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS have also been suspended its upcoming operations.
The decision mainly came after the owners of the league discussed strategies, Thursday afternoon, on a conference call. MLB ended its operations at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, but at the same time, the spring training games were played as planned in Florida previously in the day with fans in the audience.
Additionally, an NBA player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus, after which the NBA has suspended its whole season until further notice.
The test result, on the other hand, was reported just before the Jazz were about to compete with Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. As soon as the reports came out, the game was canceled immediately, however, the affected player was not in the arena, as per an NBA statement.
The statement by NBA states, “The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,”
It added that the NBA is going to use this break for determining the “next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The shutdown of the NBA may possibly cost teams well into the hundreds of millions of dollars which totally depends on how long the shutdown will go on.
On Thursday, the NCAA also declared the cancellation of the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments due to the deadly virus outbreak.
The statement reads, “Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments,” along with all the remaining winter as well as “spring NCAA championships.”
The statement further reads that this decision is totally based on the increasing COVID-19 threat to the public health, “our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to [the] spread of the pandemic,” as well as the inconvenience of hosting such events at any time throughout this “academic year given on-going decisions by other entities,”
In the meantime, the hope on MLB’s side is that the league is going to miss out on only the first two weeks of the season, which was all set to start on March 26. It’s still not clear if that’s an accurate desire, as well as it’s at least possible that more time is going to be required in advance of the normal business can be resumed.