As a follower of European sports, we knew that this was coming. Two big bits of news hit the wires on Wednesday. First up was the NCAA, which decided to officially play all of its NCAA Tournament games in empty arenas due to the Coronavirus. Then, we got even bigger news, also bad news, mind you from the NBA. It was brought up that the league would be suspending the season indefinitely following a positive test from a member of the Utah Jazz.
Due to his proximity to others, it is now impossible to be able to play those games in empty arenas like the NCAA had planned to do. At this stage, we still do not know if the NCAA will reverse its decision over this situation as of yet. With the NBA effectively stopping over one positive test, it could well lead to them also deciding to just go ahead and cancel the tournaments altogether. We will just have to wait and see how this develops. Another bit of news related to this also came on Wednesday, as Daniele Rugani of Juventus in Italy’s Serie A was confirmed to have tested positive for it. The Italian league had just suspended play, as the rest of Italy shuts down, after attempting to play in empty stadiums for a couple of weeks. It was looking like the NBA was going to go down that path, of playing under ‘closed door’ conditions, but that looks to no longer be the case. Unfortunately, this is just something we will have to ride out, and it’s a shame we won’t have many live sports to get us through it. Needs must, though, and we wish everyone safe health. At the time of writing, another case has been confirmed, as Real Madrid- both basketball and soccer teams apparently- are not quarantined. This has caused Spanish soccer to suspend its season as well.