The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events around the globe. As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been at least 116,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to CBS News. While 64,000 people have recovered, more than 4,000 have died. In America, multiple states are under a state of emergency and some politicians and public health officials are recommending large gatherings of people — including sporting events — in coronavirus hotspots be canceled or closed to the public.
- The NBA suspended the regular season indefinitely on Wednesday. League owners want commissioner Adam SIlver to reevaluate the situation after 30 days.
- The NCAA has canceled the 2020 Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, along with all other winter season championship events.
- Organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the biggest global sporting event of the year, are already concerned that the disease will problematic, and the status of the games could be up in the air as late as May.
- Major League Baseball has canceled the remainder of spring training and is pushing back the start of the regular season at least two weeks. The regular season was originally scheduled to start March 26.
- The NHL announced Thursday it is pausing the 2019-20 season, effective immediately. Commissioner Gary Bettman hopes games will resume “as soon as it is appropriate and prudent.”
- The PGA Tour canceled the Players Championship after the first round, and also all tournaments until the Masters.
- The XFL has suspended play as of Thursday, effective immediately.
- MLS announced it is suspending play for 30 days.
- The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is still scheduled to run as normal on May 2, but organizers say they are monitoring the situation and will have more clarity on the race, and if anything will change, as the date approaches.