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Report: Growing concern NBA will play games in fan-less arenas amid coronavirus outbreak

Jazz star Donovan Mitchell

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 28: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz signs autographs for the fans after the game against the Washington Wizards on February 28, 2020 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The NBA told its teams to prepare for the coronavirus, including the possibility of playing in empty arenas. That was explained as due diligence, not an inevitability.

But as the outbreak continues, the possibility is only becoming closer to reality.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

I don’t know what the NBA will do. I don’t know what the NBA should do.

But, remember, the NBA exists as a money-making operation. There’s no point of playing games that don’t turn revenue.

Playing without fans in the arena could limit exposure. Playing without personnel to televise the game to fans at home? That’d be far more drastic.

There’s still a lot to learn about whom the NBA deems “essential personnel.”