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Sports world hits pause due to COVID-19

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The last few days have been as difficult as any, unprecedented events as the threat of COVID-19 has had a major impact on the sports world.

In Florida, college and pro games are immediately impacted with large numbers of cancellations.

“I am recommending local municipalities and private entities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings in the state of Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters in Miami on Thursday.

The Osceola staff has compiled a list of bullet points to update first on what’s going on in college athletics but also pro sports. If you have questions or comments, leave them below and we’ll answer as best as we can.

ACC men’s basketball tournament: Cancelled on Thursday afternoon just minutes before FSU and Clemson were to tip off in the first of four quarterfinal games in Greensboro, N.C. Hours after commissioner John Swofford said on Thursday morning that the games would be played as scheduled he reversed course just minutes before tip-off. The Seminoles were presented with a trophy for winning the ACC on Thursday afternoon. FSU is the ACC’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament, if one is played as scheduled next week.

FSU spring sports: All ACC practices, games and recruiting are suspended indefinitely. “The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. The decision was made following consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19,” the league said in a statement.

AD David Coburn issued a statement late Thursday: “The ACC presidents and athletic directors, with the advice of U.S. health officials, have determined that the immediate suspension of competitions, practices and recruiting is the best course of action in response to the coronavirus threat. We regret having to take this action, but we believe it is in the best interest of our student-athletes and fans.  Moving forward, we will continue to closely monitor all developments as they occur.”

Information regarding potential ticket refunds will be made in the next few days, according to a statement from FSU.

NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments: Beyond the ACC, the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and others halted their conference tournaments. The NCAA has halted the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. “The NCAA Tournament generates more than $900 million dollars for the association and its hundreds of member schools,” reports the Associated Press.

NCAA spring sports: All championships in men’s and women’s winter and spring sports have been canceled.

SEC athletics: All home games involving SEC schools are suspended through March 30. Other leagues – including the Pac-12, Mountain West, Western Athletic and others – have taken similar action, either through the end of the month or for an indefinite amount of time.

Other schools: Notre Dame, Ohio and Michigan are among those who have canceled their spring football games.

MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS: The NBA indefinitely suspended its season on Wednesday night. Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League followed and Major League Soccer followed on Thursday. The NFL has canceled its league meetings.

NFL Draft: There’s no clarity on what may happen with the NFL Draft, although travel restrictions by some teams have been reported. If that is the case, Pro Days may not take place on college campuses and draft prospects may not be able to work out for teams – on college sites or pro team sites – which could push back the draft. FSU’s Pro Day was set for March 23 (it has not been moved yet but possible that it will be).

PGA Tour: The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was canceled late Thursday night. Other PGA Tour events have also been canceled or postponed.

This list is compiled by Osceola staff with help from various news services

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