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Mainit pa ang balita na nagbigay ng memo ang Commissioner ng NBA na si Adam Silver na maaring ipasara ang mga NBA games sa mga fans at sa media dahil sa lumalalang panganib na hatid ng coronavirus.
Ayon sa mga league sources ng DIYARYO MILENYO na sila, Sams Charania ng The Athletic and Stadium at si Marc Stein ng New York Times, nagpaabot daw ng memo ang Liga na maari ngang ipagbawal ang presensiya ng fans at media sa mga basketballs games.
Sabi ni Charania, “NBA has been sending several informational memos to teams in order to prepare for whatever develops from coronavirus situation. A reminder of existing rules regarding postponement or cancellations of games was provided Friday night.”
Dagdag pa ni Stein, “Postponing or canceling any game due to the coronavirus is a league office decision but the NBA, sources say, has notified teams to start “developing” contingency plans in case “it were to become necessary to play a game with only essential staff present” — no fans, media, etc.”
Ang news development na ito ay kasabay ng napabalitang ang All-Star point guard ng Atlanta Hawks na si Trae Young ay nagpapakita ng flu symptoms. Hindi na siya palalaruin ngayon ng team management sa laban nila sa Washington Wizards.
Ayon na rin sa recent report ni Mark Medina, Bob Nightengale, Tom Schad and Jeff Zillgitt ng USA Today, “Multiple NBA team executives told USA Today Sports they have considered playing behind closed doors but only as a last-resort contingency plan. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.”
Hindi pa nangyari ang kaganapan na ganito sa NBA na ipinagbawal ang mga fans at media na makapanood ng laban. Bagay na ikinalungkot ng Philadelphia 76ers forward na si Glen Robinson III who said. “You always try to have home-court advantage. But to have no fans? That would be a crazy thing, I’m just praying on it and hoping this thing can slow down and get to an end.”
Gayunpaman, wala pang cancellations na nangyayari sa anumang major sporting event sa USA, kabilang ang NBA. (John Ricafrente Pesebre)
McCauley, Cole, “NBAHawks star Trae Young responds to concerns he may have coronavirus.” Clutch Points. March 06, 2020. Accessed on March 0, 2020. https://clutchpoints.com/hawks-news-trae-young-responds-concerns-he-may-have-coronavirus/
Medina, Mark, Bob Nightengale, Tom Schad and Jeff Zillgitt, “What if coronavirus concerns force sports leagues to close doors to fans?” USA TODAY. March 6, 2020. Accessed on March 07, 2020. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2020/03/06/coronavirus-what-would-sports-us-look-like-without-fans/4951168002/
Rapp, Timothy, “Report: NBA Tells Teams to Prepare to Play Without Fans in Coronavirus Memo,” Bleacher Report. N.d. Accessed on March 07, 2020. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2879665-report-nba-tells-teams-to-prepare-to-play-without-fans-in-coronavirus-memo
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