NHL suspends 2020 season amid COVID-19 concerns

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The Columbus Blue Jackets were scheduled to play a game Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. But not anymore.

That game, and all other NHL games scheduled for Thursday, will not be played, as the league has announced they will suspend their season and follow the lead of the NBA and MLS.

Concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have necessitated cancellations and postponements all around the sports world.

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College basketball tournaments have been canceled all around the country.

The NBA now has two players who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports.

And now hockey has followed the lead of other leagues and organizations, suspending play to help curtail the spread of the new coronavirus.

Statement from Columbus Blue Jackets

Earlier today the National Hockey League made the decision to pause the 2019-20 season effective immediately after consultation with medical experts, local authorities and recent developments surrounding the coronavirus, a decision fully supported by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

There are still unanswered questions as to how this interruption of the season will affect team hockey and business operations in the near term. The club will take the necessary time to work with the NHL to properly address these issues and will share updates, including information for season tickets holders, individual game ticket buyers, business and community partners, early next week.

We want to thank our fans, community and business partners for their understanding, support and patience. Our hope is that everyone is healthy and safe, and we look forward to being together again and enjoying this great game soon.

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