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Report: ‘Concern escalating’ for NBA owners regarding drastic steps needed to address coronavirus

Matt Johnson
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As global concern increases over the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), NBA owners are reportedly now fearing potential measures the league might need to take to ensure player and fan safety.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA owners and executives are now increasingly concerned that more drastic steps will be taken by the league. Specifically, the NBA following through on its memo to teams that games could be held without fans in attendance.

The NBA is set to hold a conference call with team owners on Wednesday afternoon to discuss further measures to ensure the safety of players and fans.

The league warned teams on Friday to prepare for a scenario where only essential personnel go to the arenas for games.

The recent cancellation of the BNP Paribas Open, one of the biggest tournaments in tennis, is just the latest in a series of major steps taken by other pro sports organizations to ensure the safety of everyone. On Monday, Nippon Professional Baseball announced it is postponing the start of its 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Given the growing level of concern across the country, the likelihood of more sporting events being held in empty stadiums or postponed outright is increasing.