The NBA announced today that it has indefinitely halted the 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” said the organization in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The decision came after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the delay and then cancelation of Wednesday’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder just “seconds” before tip-off. The organization did not name the player but said he “was not in the arena.”
Previously, the league was reported to have been considering playing the season’s games without fans in attendance. The Golden State Warriors had already planned to play Thursday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets in an empty arena, due to San Francisco’s ban on public events attended by 1,000 or more people.
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