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NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS change media access policy because of coronavirus concerns

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Amid concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the NBA, the NHL, MLB and MLS are making changes to its media access policy for games and practices.

Before and after events, no interviews will be conducted in locker rooms or clubhouses, the NBA, the NHL, MLB and MLS announced in conjunction Monday night.

Below is a joint statement released Monday night:

After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. These changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and take any further steps necessary to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.

The Phillies have 14 Grapefruit League games remaining in spring training before opening the 2020 regular season on March 26 at Marlins Park. The Sixers have 18 games left in the 2019-20 regular season and the Flyers 14, while the Union are two games into the 2020 regular season.

Below is a statement from Wells Fargo Center public relations last Saturday regarding the arena’s actions moving forward:

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