By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor
// This is getting out of hand. I am not sure how much more the sports world can take.
As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and other professional leagues are taking action to protect the safety of its players and staff.
As of Thursday, several leagues placed massive hiatuses on their seasons in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
After initially planning to limit attendance to family members and essential team personnel, the National Collegiate Athletics Association canceled the annual March Madness tournament for good.
Although banning most spectators shaved off most of the excitement, fans could have at least watched the game on television and filled out their brackets.
For the NBA, after a confusing postponement of the Oklahoma City Thunder versus Utah Jazz, doctors diagnosed Rudy Gobert, an all-star center from Salt Lake City, with Coronavirus.
Just days prior, Gobert touched reporter’s microphones and was careless in the locker room, passing on the disease to all-star teammate Donovan Mitchell.
Had Rudy Gobert been careful, the NBA may have kept the season rolling, although that remains doubtful.
The Golden State Warriors planned to play a game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 12 in front of a vacant Chase Center.
However, a day before the worst team in basketball could suit up, NBA commissioner Adam Silver put the league on suspension for at least the next month.
Within a week, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood got diagnosed along with four Brooklyn Nets players, including star Kevin Durant.
To make matters worse, executives don’t expect play to resume until the middle of June.
The NHL, MLB, MLS, and XFL quickly placed a hiatus on their respective seasons, leaving die-heart American sports fans dejected.
Although every organization is taking action to limit the spread of this dangerous disease, all the leagues have gone too far.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends gatherings of no more than 50 people. Although media may not be present, special technology could broadcast the game to fans across the country.
Nobody can be sure how long the virus will persist, but most scientists expect until summer at best.
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) canceled all the remaining basketball games of the state tournament bracket, leaving players and seniors especially devastated.
While this was for the best, having no media and only players would have definitely kept less than 50 people, the maximum capacity limit recently implemented by the CDC for large gatherings.
Until cancellation, Acalanes could host athletic events without spectators, leaving an absence of excitement throughout the stadium.
As a public address announcer, this hurts more than anything. Fans are the engine behind high school athletics not just financially, but spiritually. They electrify the atmosphere and bring energy that may propel the home team to victory.
I can’t announce games without fans. It just doesn’t feel right. However, I am offering a solution to keep fans entertained and bring back exciting league action.
After each sports league resumes play, I highly suggest playing without spectators or media for as long as the CDC recommends. This is an unprecedented virus, and we can’t afford any casualties.
I love sports, but safety comes first, and we must listen to experts before the fan experience resumes.
Remember to wash hands, keep six-foot distance, and follow updates from the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and Contra Costa County Health Department. Stay safe, everyone!