Coronavirus halts US sports: What’s been canceled, postponed

In a wild span of 48 hours of precautions and reactions to the spread of coronavirus, the sports landscape went from conducting business as usual to preparing for fan-less venues to near-total shutdown.

The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy takes a look at everything that happened, including the indefinite suspension or delayed start of three major professional leagues and the abrupt end of the college basketball season, without March Madness:


11:21 a.m. The Ivy League becomes first conference to cancel men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, declaring regular-season champions as NCAA Tournament automatic-berth recipients.


12:42 p.m. College Basketball Invitational canceled.

1:16 p.m. MLB reportedly considering alternate sites for games.

2:10 p.m. Warriors announce Thursday game against the Nets will be played without fans in compliance with San Francisco government orders.

2:44 p.m. Ohio governor announces Tuesday’s NCAA Tournament First Four in Dayton will be closed to fans.

3 p.m. Ivy League cancels all practices and competitions through the remainder of the academic year.

4:15 p.m. NCAA panel advises against allowing fans into sporting events.

4:30 p.m. NCAA announces men’s basketball tournament will be held as scheduled but closed to fans.

5:24 p.m. University of Michigan cancels spring football game. Ohio State follows suit.

6 p.m. Juventus soccer player Daniele Rugani becomes first known professional athlete to test positive for coronavirus.

6:38 p.m. Big Ten closes men’s basketball tournament and all spring sports competition to fans.

The backpage from March 13.
The backpage from March 13.

7:58 p.m. ACC closes men’s basketball tournament to fans.

8:40 p.m. Jazz-Thunder NBA game in Oklahoma City postponed with players on court for warm-ups.

8:53 p.m. Pac-12 closes men’s basketball tournament to fans.

9:11 p.m. SEC closes men’s basketball tournament to fans.

9:27 p.m. Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert reportedly tests positive for coronavirus.

9:32 p.m. NBA announces season is suspended indefinitely but underway games are played to completion.

10:40 p.m. Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg leaves Big Ten Tournament game and is taken to hospital, where he is later diagnosed with influenza.

10:44 p.m. Big East closes men’s basketball tournament to fans.

11:30 p.m. Western Athletic Conference suspends men’s basketball tournament quarterfinal due to “medical situation.”


12:34 a.m. NBA G-League suspends season indefinitely.

9:42 a.m. Pro Football Hall of Fame cancels FanFest scheduled for March 21-22.

10:32 a.m. ATP suspends men’s professional tennis tour for six weeks.

10:49 a.m. Donovan Mitchell — Gobert’s Jazz teammate — tests positive for coronavirus. ESPN reports Gobert was “careless in the locker room, touching other players and their belongings.”

11:25 a.m. Redskins suspend travel for all coaches and scouts, and other NFL teams quickly follow suit, including Giants and Jets.

11:33 a.m. NFL informs all staff (with limited exceptions) to work from home until further notice.

11:42 a.m. MLS suspends season for 30 days.

11:49 a.m. Big Ten cancels men’s basketball tournament, with Rutgers and Michigan warming up for their noon game.

11:53 a.m. Formula 1 racing cancels Australian Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday.