- The NBA has suspended all NBA games until further notice.
- This is due to Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, testing positive for the coronavirus.
- It is currently unknown what will happen to outstanding NBA futures bets that were placed.
OKLAHOMA CITY – In an unprecedented move, the NBA has suspended the current season on Wednesday after a player has tested positive for the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The current state of outstanding NBA future bets are currently unknown.
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was tested for the flu and other diseases and all the results came back negative. After taking a test for the coronavirus, the test came back positive. Now the fate of outstanding NBA future bets and the rest of the season are up in the air.
Taking No Risks
The NBA released a statement on Wednesday making it very clear why they are suspending the season. NBA players are very public figures who are in contact with many different kinds of people.
From staff to other players, Gobert has regular contact with the outside world. Due to his infection, the safest option is to limit the spread of the coronavirus by suspending the NBA season.
— Dave Fox (@Davefox2) March 12, 2020
A concerning moment that happened on Monday, Gobert was seen touching microphones from the media. He seems to have done it playfully, but now the media present for his conference are at risk for infection.
It is not only the media that are at risk. As a precaution, teams that have played the Utah Jazz in the last 10 days must self-quarantine themselves. Teams affected are the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, and Oklahoma City Thunder. No other player has been reported to have the coronavirus, but that could soon change.
No Bets Being Taken
Due to the unusual circumstances of the NBA season being suspended, legal sports betting sites are taking down NBA bets. This even includes futures bets.
Sportsbooks likely do not want to take any action on games that could very well not happen. However, the NBA season is not canceled yet. There is a possibility that the NBA season could restart at any given time. Due to that, the bets will likely not be refunded.
What will happen to all outstanding NBA future bets will depends on how the league decides to move forward. If the NBA continues with its season, the bets will play out like normal. If the NBA cancels the ongoing season, the outstanding bets will likely be refunded.
Only time will tell what will happen to the NBA season and all the bets already made.
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