Cincinnati Reds issue statement on Major League Baseball delays

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"In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season", Minor League Baseball officials said in a statement. These actions are being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our communities, players, Clubs and fans. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. Martinez has said, over and over, that the most important questions for baseball are about the safety of family, friends and fans. Multiple insiders, including USA Today's Bob Nightengale, reported that the league is still hoping to play a 162 game season, with postponed games added to the back end of the schedule.

If the delay in the schedule lasts the minimum two weeks, the Nationals would open against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 10.

The Commissioners Office and Players Association agreed Friday to close all spring training sites and ask players to return home, a joint decision that strongly suggests that MLB's absence will be marked by months not weeks.

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The NFL will continue to "closely monitor developments" and is "prepared to make any changes necessary as circumstances warrant". A memo from the National Football League to all general managers, head coaches and personnel directors was distributed Friday.

2020 was to be a major season for the Lakewood-based team. It would lead to the forfeiture of a percentage in player salaries in the event the remainder of the season is canceled.

There are also plenty of logistical issues Major League Baseball and the Player's Union have to sort out on top of monitoring the severity of the outbreak.

But in the hours that followed, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, and their game at Oklahoma City was canceled. The team was scheduled to play its first game the night of April 16. Since then, the virus has spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic. "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic", the statement concluded.

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