MLB, NBA, MLS and NHL Close Locker-Room Media Access
Things are being cancelled, people are staying home, and now four of our major US pro sports leagues released a joint statement announcing they were closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS said the decision was made after "consultation with infectious disease and public health experts." NBA officials stressed that this new development is being made to ensure player and staff safety, rather than to ban reporters, and that the changes are temporary.
The leagues will set up designated areas for reporters outside of the locker rooms and clubhouses, and changes will begin Tuesday, although some NHL teams have already began implementing the new policy. The NFL was also involved in the talks, but since they are in the offseason, were not part of Monday's joint statement.
I guess we'll wait and see if the coronavirus is still as prevalent when the NFL comes back into season. If it is, I can only assume that leagues will have banned fans from coming to games at that point, which leagues have already began doing in other countries.
Do you think the Steelheads will eventually limit locker room access? Or even further- ban fans from coming to games?