NBA, NHL Delay Games As COVID-19 Threatens Professional Sports Again

December 19, 2020; Washington, DC, United States; The floor is mopped during halftime of the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons preseason game at Capital One Arena on December 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Rob Carr / Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Jan. 15 (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) postponed three more games and the National Hockey League (NHL) has again postponed the Dallas Stars’ opener, amid a wave of COVID cases -19 that started professional sports opinion in North America.

Two games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards scheduled for Sunday and Monday were suspended, the NBA said Friday, because the Wizards did not have the “eight available players required by the league to continue” due to the search for contact in course on the team.

Hours later, the NBA suspended a Friday game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves, citing a similar lack of available players on the Minnesota squad, making it the 12th game since Sunday that the league has played. postponed.

Sixteen new players have tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan.6, the NBA said on Wednesday, after the league and its player association agreed on “additional measures” on Tuesday to protect players and staff.

The NBA and NHL are adjusting to the harsh reality of life beyond the quarantined “bubble” settings they used to close their respective seasons last year, roughly 10 months since the coronavirus pandemic suspended most sports.

The NHL delayed the Dallas Stars’ 2020-21 season opener on Friday after a team-wide outbreak in which 17 players tested positive, and the team are now set to face the Nashville Predators Jan. 22.

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The National Football League (NFL), which experienced numerous delays but no outright cancellations during its regular season, reportedly intends to affect COVID-19 monitors to the last four teams ahead of his AFC and NFC title games, as he heads into a Feb.7 Super Bowl game with little to no wiggle room for delays.

Reporting by Amy Tennery Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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