NBA considering “no fan” arenas due to coronavirus

NBA considering “no fan” arenas due to coronavirus
Detroit Pistons center Donta Hall, left, jostles for position with Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Source: David Zalubowski)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The National Basketball Association is considering prohibiting fans to attend league games due to spread and severity of the coronavirus.

NBA writer Shams Charania reports the league has sent a memo to its franchises saying:

“Due to coronavirus outbreak, teams should be preparing to play games without fans in attendance, and identifying “essential staff” present for these games -- should it be necessary.”

According to the Associated Press, Lebron James has stated he will not play in an empty arena.

This memo does not mean this precaution will go into effect as soon as this weekend.

Although there is no date set for when or if the NBA will do this, fans may want to be prepared when purchasing tickets for upcoming games.

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