According to The Athletics’ Shams Charania, the league sent a memo to teams informing them they should get ready to potentially play games in empty arenas.
“The NBA has sent a memo to its franchises explaining that, due to coronavirus outbreak, teams should be preparing to play games without fans in attendance and identifying ‘essential staff’ present for these games — should it be necessary,” Charania reported via Twitter on Friday night.
Of course, this is a worst-case scenario as the teams would take a serious hit financially if they couldn’t sell tickets or benefit from home-court advantage as the playoffs get closer.
Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, as a quiet TD Garden during a Celtics game is something no one wants to see.
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