Coronavirus is disrupting just about every aspect of human life, and the NBA is no exception.
We understand that it’s in times that this that you want to be more informed than ever, which is why we’re bringing you live updates on how coronavirus is affecting the sport we all love.
Be sure to check back throughout the day for the very latest.
NBA HAS PLAN IN PLACE TO SAVE THE SEASON
The NBA has a working plan in place to eventually resume play and salvage a season that’s been completely thrown into chaos, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Under the proposal, fans would remain locked out and games would take place at smaller venues or even practice facilities.
The delayed nature of the season would see the playoffs stretch into August.
NBA OWNERS BRACING FOR POSSIBILITY OF MID-TO-LATE JUNE START
NBA owners and executives are preparing for the possibility that a mid-to-late June start will be their best-case scenario, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It comes after The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged those in the US to cancel or postpone all events with 50 or more attendees for the next eight weeks.
DONATING HORNETS PLAYERS AVOIDING PRAISE AND PUBLICITY
Charlotte Hornets players aren’t looking for praise or publicity as they combine with the Hornets themselves to donate in aid of their arena’s out-of-work employees.
Hornets players chose to donate as a team, not individually, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
The amount donated by each player went unannounced with the players looking to “avoid the optics of competing and self-promotion”.
RUDY GOBERT: “I WISH I WOULD HAVE TOOK THIS THING MORE SERIOUSLY”
Rudy Gobert is urging members of the public to take the threat of coronavirus seriously, issuing a warning via social media to learn from his mistakes.
Here is his full message:
— NBA (@NBA) March 15, 2020
NBA COULD LOSE ABOUT $500 MILLION IN TICKET REVENUE ALONE
The NBA stands to lose a staggering amount of money if the season is called off altogether, with the league set to miss out on $500 million in lost ticket sales alone according to NBC’s Tom Haberstroh.
Here’s Haberstroh’s reasoning:
“As a rule of thumb, the source said, the NBA makes an average of $1.2 million in gate revenue per regular season game and $2 million for each playoff game. With 259 of 1,230 regular season games remaining, that means roughly $300 million of ticket revenue lost if fans couldn’t purchase tickets. Over the past decade, on average, there have been 83 playoff games in each postseason, which would lead to another loss of about $166 million. That’s nearly $500 million in estimated lost ticket revenue if the NBA doesn’t allow fans to attend the full slate of games.”
Well, that’s probably not ideal, especially after the Daryl Morey-China financial bloodshed.