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Coronavirus impact on NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, baseball and what we know

With the coronavirus impacting sports around the world and developments occurring almost hourly, what we know about how leagues in the United States are being affected by and addressing the pandemic is very fluid.

From canceling college conference tournaments to suspending the NBA season, this is an unprecedented time in the history of American athletic endeavors. Where will we be at the end of this weekend much less the end of the month?

As we await word on other developments across the spectrum, here is a look at what we know now about the state of sports in the U.S.:

A sign stating that the 2020 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament is closed to the public is seen before the second round outside the Barclay Center on Thursday.


What is being done in response to the coronavirus?

By midday Thursday, Division I conferences began cancelling their basketball tournaments. Of the major leagues, only the Big East had begun playing but stopped at hafltime of its first game between Creighton and St. John’s and cancelled the rest of the tournament. The NCAA previously announced its March Madness for men and women would be held without spectators. It is unclear if those tournaments will actually take place.

What events could be affected by the coronavirus?

The NCAA is scheduled to run seven national  basketball tournaments — men and women in each of three divisions and the NIT — in addition to a variety of winter sports like ice hockey and gymnastics. It is uncertain whether any will happen or be concluded (some lower division basketball games have begun). Even if the Division I tournament is held, it likely will be moved for some rounds from domes to smaller venues.

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