Coronavirus sports impace


The scene from inside the Thunder stadium moments after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

Reece Marley, Staff Writer

The last couple of weeks have been very hectic. The looming coronavirus has caused cancellations and postponements of many big events. The sports world was upended when Rudy Gobert, a NBA basketball player for the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus just before tip-off of their game on March 11th. The Jazz were set to face the Oklahoma City Thunder when minutes before game time players were told to head to the locker room and fans were escorted out of the stadium. Gobert testing positive for the virus ultimately had a domino effect in the sports world. Later that evening the NBA became the first professional sport in the United States to cancel their season. The other major sporting events followed suit, within the next two days the NHL, MLB, and the MLS all suspended their seasons indefinitely. The NCAA also fell in line that weekend announcing the cancellations of all spring sports for the remainder of the year.

Many more NBA players tested positive for the virus while the NHL only had a couple players from the Ottawa Senators test positive. The MLB has had a few New York Yankee minor league players come down with the virus.

The Tampa Bay area was hit especially hard in the sports world by the virus. Tampa was set to host their first ever rounds of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament at Amalie Arena. Innisbrook in Palm Harbor was preparing for the annual Valspar Championship when the PGA tour suspended play. Two of the nation’s best golfers, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, were set to play in the Valspar. Saint Petersburg was also hosting a huge event, the Firestone Grand Prix. This event marks the opening of the Indy Car race series every year.

Now with absolutely nothing to watch on TV, many channels are showing reruns of past games and events to give people things to watch while in quarantine. Sports channels are really reaching for entertainment, ESPN has been showing an abundance of wrestling. If you’re a big sports fan like me, the coronavirus has taken a piece of your heart.