United States sports leagues restrict locker room access

United States sports leagues restrict locker room access

United States sports leagues restrict locker room access

"On a temporary basis, effective on Tuesday, only players and essential personnel may enter locker rooms and clubhouses at Major League Baseball facilities".

All NBA, MLB, MLS and National Hockey League team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open to only players and essential employees until further notice because of the coronavirus. The NBA is preparing for media access outside of locker room settings that includes a directive to keep players and media at a distance of six to eight feet, sources said. These changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow's games and practices.

The NBA has already informed teams that playing games in empty arenas may be necessary to help thwart the spread of the disease and told teams to look into strategies on how to play without fans in the arena. And according to reports over the weekend, college sports executives have discussed reducing the number of venues where games are played during the N.C.A.A. men's and women's basketball tournaments set to start in less than two weeks. Our goal is to provide fans with stories about their favorite players and teams, and clubhouse access is essential for our jobs, just as maintaining fan interest is essential to baseball's business.

"We understand the NBA's decision to temporarily close locker rooms to everyone but players and essential team personnel with the NBA's promise that once the coronavirus crisis abates, the league will restore full access to the journalists who cover the league", the statement said.

"We are regularly conveying the guidance from these experts to clubs, players, and staff regarding prevention, good hygiene practices and the latest recommendations related to travel". "While MLB recognises the fluidity of this rapidly evolving situation, our current intention is to play spring training and regular season games as scheduled".

"We are continuing to monitor developments and will adjust as necessary". In addition, a major global tennis tournament scheduled to start today in Indian Wells, California, was cancelled yesterday.

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