Report: NBA Considers Moving Games Due to Coronavirus

by March 11, 2020
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The NBA is reportedly mulling the possibility of moving games to cities that have yet to report coronavirus infections.

Neutral sites are also said to be in play.

So far, the League has resisted banning fans from arenas as the global health crisis mushrooms.

Per ESPN:

After the board of governors call on Wednesday — which is expected to include one designated ownership representative of each team, sources said — two additional calls are set for Thursday for team presidents and general managers, sources said.

So far, individual NBA teams have been hesitant to become the league’s first to voluntarily eliminate fans from home games, sources said. Even with the conference call set for governors and owners on Wednesday, there has been a tremendous amount of communication among teams, the league and public health experts in recent weeks.

San Francisco health officials have yet to mandate that the Golden State Warriors play games without fans, but those conversations have been ongoing with the franchise. The Warriors are the league’s highest-grossing team on game nights, averaging somewhere between $3.6 million and $3.8 million per game, sources said.

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