All active sports leagues ban press from the locker rooms
The NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS have decided to limit access to locker rooms and clubhouses to protect the health of players from the coronavirus. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout the United States and league officials do not want the virus to spread to the professional athletes. The leagues made this joint announcement on Monday night. The league states “After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice.” The ban is only temporary and it will begin on Tuesday.
The Press Responds
The Associated Press Sports Editors released a statement in response to the temporary ban on media press in locker rooms. They did not sound happy in their response. They state that the ban is “disappointing”, because there was no discussion between the leagues and the writer associations before the ban was made.
“APSE joins writers’ groups in all leagues in objecting to this ban and welcomes discussions with the leagues to come to a reasonable resolution.” -APSE
Game Attendance Will Suffer
According to ESPN, some NHL teams have started the ban over the weekend. The city of Santa Clara County enlisted a ban of crowds over 1000 people after the first death from the coronavirus. The ban will lasts until the end of March. This ban will affect three San Jose Sharks hockey games, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at Stanford and one San Jose Earthquakes soccer game.
Italy has created a ban on all sporting events that take place in the country. Soccer games have been played with zero fans in attendance. American sport leagues are preparing to take the same action to prevent spreading the virus any further.
Los Angeles Lakers forward, LeBron James, stated in a post game interview, “If I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing.”
“If I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing.”
LeBron on possibly playing NBA games without any fans in attendance due to coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/Ee5XMQ40X6
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 7, 2020
According to the World Health Organization, people can recover in about two weeks if the disease is mild. Those with more severe illness might take three-to-six weeks to recover. More than 109,000 people worldwide have tested positive for the disease. More than 3,800 people with the virus have died, most of them in China. It has been reported that 600 people in the United States has been infected, only 26 people have died.
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