(about For The Win – USA Today)
After COWID-19 entered the top flight of the NBA, Adam Silver had no choice but to stop everything.
As the virus rages in the United States, more and more cases appear, even among more athletes. The NBA poll currently stands at 11, with players such as Rudy Robert, Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Durant confirming positive.
There is no doubt that the money has made the right decision to suspend the season for good, but that doesn’t change the fact that it will probably cost the league a billion dollars.
Ben Golliver of the Washington Post recently described the consequences of the NBA’s collapse this season.
The spread of the new coronavirus that forced the NBA to suspend the season last week poses an even greater financial challenge to the competition. This could push NBA revenues above the $1 billion threshold, according to team management and media estimates, if the rest of the regular season and post-season character is canceled. For a competition that has been thriving for a decade, the combination of the Hong Kong conflict and the coronavirus crisis poses an unprecedented and totally unexpected financial challenge.
Against the backdrop of injuries to several key players, the NBA rankings have already fallen this season, with records showing a drop in attendance at almost every major broadcaster.
Add to that the dispute with China and you can see why this coronavirus crisis was the last thing the NBA needed. There is still hope that the season can come back, but no one knows how things will develop in the future.
In fact, it looks like we’re all entering unknown territory.