Utah Jazz star Rudy Golbert reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the NBA to suspect its season indefinitely.
The NBA’s decision to suspend its season indefinitely on Wednesday night amid the coronavirus outbreak will have costly implications for players in the days and months ahead.
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League officials suspended the season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, the deadly illness that World Health Organization officials declared a global pandemic this week. The positive test results came back just minutes before the Jazz were scheduled to play the Oklahoma City Thunder, prompting the game’s immediate cancellation.
The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement includes language that explicitly states how teams can proceed from a financial perspective in the event of a pandemic or any other occurrence that makes it "economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations." Such occurrences are referred to as “force majeure events” and include wars, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and epidemics.