Major League Baseball To Delay Start Of 2020 Season: Live Updates

Thursday, March 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 03/12/2020


Scott Gottlieb says US can still avoid “Italy-like” outcome
UK reports 2 more deaths
Trudeau and wife to self-quarantine after wife reports flu-like symptoms
2nd Utah Jazz player tests positive
NJ cutting off nightclub liquor sales after 10pm
NHL reportedly suspending season
Major League Baseball will delay start to 2020 season
Dr. Fauci says test shortage is major government ‘failing’
Senate cancels recess, will stay open next week
Reporter claims Gobert was careless in the lockerroom
2020 champions league tournament postponed until next year
US Major League soccer suspends play
Trump says we may need to extend travel ban
Reports claim once again that Merkel is ready to whip out the checkbook
Goldman asks workers in NY to work from home in ‘staggered shifts’
EU officials condemned Trump’s travel ban
Trump says ‘markets are going to be fine’
Spain has approved a €2.8 billion rescue package
Olympic torch lit in front of just 100 spectators
La Liga suspends season after Real Madrid player tests positive
3 F1 racers quarantined
Blackstone advises portfolio companies to draw down revolving credit lines
NHL rumored to be planning a league play suspension as playoffs begin
Passenger on JetBlue flight from NY to FLA tests positive for virus
Spanish cabinet being tested for coronavirus
Scandinavia begins shuttering schools
Iran reaches out to 3 million Iranians who may have been infected
Market participants wary of dissipating bond market liquidity
Global deaths pass 4,600
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Update (1330ET): As far as we can tell, Jersey City is about to become the first in America to crack down on drinking and partying in the name of fighting the coronavirus.

More from BBG:

Jersey City is cutting “larger nightclub” liquor sales after 10 p.m. to reduce the potential of having crowds of people exposed to the new coronavirus, Mayor Stephen Fulop said.

The state’s second most-populous city, a Wall Street business and residential haven across the Hudson River from Manhattan, had no coronavirus cases as of Thursday, Fulop said at a news conference. Still, he said he was being cautious: limiting City Hall visits to those with appointments, suspending parking-permit sales and renewals and canceling all city-sponsored or permitted events, he said.

He also asked banquet halls and large restaurants “to be tracking attendance, best as they can” in case health officials must track down contacts with anyone who tests positive for coronavirus.

The nightclub liquor restrictions will start this weekend, he said.

This comes after the PM of Italy said last night that bars, restaurants would also be closed as part of the national shut down. But just imagine catching the coronavirus at a skeezy nightclub in Jersey City…oof.

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Update (1320ET): Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to delay spring training and the start of the 2020 season, per unconfirmed reports. An announcement is expected shortly.

The news follows a flurry of tweets like this warning of senior citizens’ exposure.

Out of Washington, there are reports that McConnell will keep the Senate open next week and cancel its regular recess.

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Update (1320ET): Following in the footsteps of the NBA, MBS, NCAA and sports organizations around the world, the NHL is reportedly preparing to suspend play.

According to the New York Post, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reached out to clubs Thursday morning to tell them the regular season would be suspended due to the spread of the coronavirus, a source indicated to The Post. An inter-league call was scheduled for 1 pm to work out details. The news will likely be announced publicly in the coming hours.

The league already cancelled practices on Thursday and told teams to start preparing for make-up games that could run as late as June.

Per the NYP, since locker rooms are filled with sweaty equipment, every year teams experience team-wide outbreaks and sometimes more serious illnesses.

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Update (1250ET): Following reports from earlier in the day claiming that JPM had asked its New York and New Jersey employees to work from home until the outbreak ends, Bloomberg is reporting that Goldman has asked its employees to work from home “in staggered shifts.”

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