That may be enough time to quarantine, test and/or treat anyone who has been infected.
Later, arena staff were seen disinfecting the benches after everybody had left. In addition, the players were given precautionary tests. There was no indication there had been a positive test for someone who will now become known as Patient Zero in a critical worldwide health emergency.
Players nearly certainly still will be paid.
Marks projects a loss of $500 million in basketball-related income before the playoffs if the NBA season were to continue without fans in attendance.
The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, empties after the Pelicans-Kings game was canceled at the last minute Wednesday night.
Just the opposite could plausibly happen if North America is as ill-equipped to slow the virus as many fear. This process could very well take weeks or months but at the end of the day, the National Basketball Association and other leagues need to do what is best for everyone's safety.
The league also has to decide whether or not they will play with fans when the league returns.
The NBA is expected to make a formal announcement on an initial timetable soon, sources said.
Ending the season more than three weeks early would also have significant ramifications on important league issues like draft lottery positioning and end-of-season awards.
"We have been in constant communication with our Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials, including Larry Madoff MD of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Department", the team said in a statement.
But a lot of them are set up well financially.
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