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Suspended Chinese Basketball Association season reportedly to restart April 1


This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows workers producing protective suits at a factory in Binzhou in China’s eastern Shandong province. - The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic neared 1,400 on February 14, as the United States complained of a “lack of transparency” from Beijing over its handling of a crisis that has fuelled global panic. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

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The massive toll the coronavirus — now called COVID-19 — has had on China continues, with 63,000 cases reported and 1,380 official deaths in the nation from the disease. Mass quarantines and other steps to contain the outbreak remains a massive undertaking that has disrupted daily life in the world’s most populous country (and led to precautions in the United States and around the world).

That disruption includes the indefinite suspension of the Chinese Basketball Association season. Almost all of the American players in the league were sent home. As Jeremy Lin said on Instagram: “The CBA season’s been postponed indefinitely and I’m on standby, training and staying ready if the season resumes.”

The CBA season is going to resume on April 1, according to a report from Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

I would take that report with a grain of salt as China is still working to contain the virus. Chinese officials have said they are making progress on that front, but with China’s record of transparency on this issue (and others), everything should be viewed skeptically.

The other question is how this would work for the league, does it resume a shortened season followed by a shortened playoffs? Jump straight to a shortened playoffs? And, for the players, how will this all affect their pay (something FIBA will likely have to help sort out)?

As with all things around COVID-19, there seem to be more questions than answers.