This article originally appeared in The Fordham Ram in March 2020.
On Thursday, the Atlantic 10 joined the most extensive sports shutdown since the September 11 attacks, canceling all spring sports through the rest of the semester in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The announcement came in the wake of a blistering 24 hours that saw the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, National Football League and Major League Soccer all suspend their seasons on the professional side. The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were canceled on Thursday afternoon, in addition to winter and spring tournaments, which would have effectively dead-ended spring sports seasons even if they were to continue.
This was all set in motion after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus before Wednesday’s NBA game between the Jazz and the Thunder. With this, the games are on hold, and Fordham sports have been halted. Whether or not the athletes affected will get an extra year of eligibility for their troubles will be decided by the NCAA.