NBA Shutdown

Nolen Cooper, Reporter

The NBA has suspended play for at least one month, after few players tested positive for COVID-19. All-star Rudy Gobert tested positive shortly before a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

“I understand they need to keep players safe but this is a little ridiculous,” senior Amare Johnson said. 

To combat the spread of coronavirus within the NBA the Jazz vs Thunder was game suspended immediately after hearing Rudy Gobert tested positive. Not long afterward, the league announced it would suspend the season “until further notice” after the night’s slate of games around the country.

“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the NBA, said in a statement.

Four other NBA games were played that night, but one other, a tilt between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings in California, was called off because a referee assigned to work the game had previously worked a Jazz game, the NBA said.

“With every sports league shutting down I don’t think anyone will have entertainment for when they are sick,” junior Colin Eilering said. 

After the NBA suspended play other leagues around the US announced they would cease play or not allow fans as well, leagues such as; PGA (no fans), NCAA (no mens or womens March Madness), Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences all cancelled play in these tournaments, SEC (suspended play in regular season), MLB (delays opening days by at least two weeks), NHL (pauses season) and NASCAR is ro race two weekends without fans.