Cancellations, empty arenas: Here’s where the sports world stands with the coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports leagues and events on a global scale, with events being canceled or otherwise altered seemingly by the minute.

Here are updates from across the sports world:

College Basketball

Read more on how the coronavirus led to the cancelation of the NCAA tournament.

On Thursday, the NCAA announced that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would be canceled:

Multiple conferences had already decided to cancel their conference tournaments, including all of the Power 5 conferences:

For more on the coronavirus’ impact on college basketball, including reactions of the players and coaches, click here.

NBA

On Wednesday night, the NBA suspended its season due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive for the virus, issued statements on Thursday:

And on Thursday, Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the possibility of the NBA season being canceled in its entirety:

Silver offered this letter to fans:

For more on the coronavirus’ impact on the NBA, including reactions from around the association, click here.

NASCAR

Read more on how coronavirus is taking its toll on the NASCAR race circuit, its fans and its drivers.

NASCAR had originally hoped to hold races this weekend at Atlanta and Homestead, although with no fans in attendance. But on Friday, the decision was made to postpone all of this weekend’s activities.

For more on the coronavirus’ impact on NASCAR, including everything you need to know about the absence of fans, upcoming races and potential refunds from FOX Sports NASCAR insider Bob Pockrass, click here.

MLS

Read more on how coronavirus is affecting the world of soccer, globally and in America.

On Thursday morning, Major League Soccer suspended games for 30 days.

International Soccer

Read more on how coronavirus is affecting the world of soccer on a global scale.

The Premier League announced Friday the suspension of all professional soccer in England:

After a Real Madrid basketball player tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, La Liga has suspended play for the first and second divisions:

Real Madrid players are currently quarantined:

US Soccer, UEFA and CONCACAF have also canceled or postponed events:

PGA Tour

On Friday morning, The Master’s – golf’s most prestigious tournament – was postponed:

The PLAYERS Championship was canceled on Thursday night:

NFL

Read more on how the coronavirus is affecting football across America.

Even though it’s not NFL season, teams are still taking precautions regarding coronavirus:

NHL

The NHL has put a pause on the 2019-20 season:

College Football

Read more on how the coronavirus is affecting football across America.

As universities continue to cancel in-person classes, their football programs are following suit:

MLB

Read more on how the coronavirus is affecting baseball season before it begins.

Major League Baseball is suspending spring training and delaying Opening Day:

The effects of Donovan Mitchell’s positive diagnosis on Thursday have reached the New York Mets organization:

ATP Tour

Men’s professional tennis took its own measures to combat coronavirus on Thursday morning:

Boxing/MMA

Dana White announced on Thursday night several updates to upcoming UFC events.

One of the most anticipated fights in UFC history – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at Barclays Center.

It will now be in jeopardy.

Bellator 241 will go on but without fans:

There are a few updates in the boxing world regarding upcoming events:

 

 

Stay tuned for more updates.