First, the NBA suspended its season after a player tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Now, a second NBA player has tested positive, three more leagues are suspending their seasons, the PGA and NASCAR are barring fans, and the NCAA Tournament is off... We run down the latest virus-related developments in the sports world:
- College basketball: The NCAA initially said March Madness was still on, sans fans. But on Thursday, it canceled the tournament entirely, CNN reports. The AP notes that "the most powerful conferences in college sports" had previously canceled their tournaments, leaving the NCAA Tournament in doubt. The Power Five—the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences—made their announcements within minutes of each other. The NCAA announcement soon followed; the AP reports it is canceling all remaining winter and spring championships, including hockey, basketball, and lacrosse.
- Baseball: After rumors that Major League Baseball would suspend operations, MLB ultimately confirmed Thursday it is doing just that. Spring training games are being canceled, and the regular season, set to start March 26, will be delayed at least two weeks, per an official statement. Minor League Baseball followed suit, per Bleacher Report.