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Posted: March 11, 2020, 7:51 PM Post
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Just declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Really no reliable data yet to indicate how far reaching and how long the spread will be. Frankly, nothing that comes from the government of China is worth listening too. I think ground zero for reliable data is probably Italy, and it looks very bad there.

If I were a MLB owner, I'd be seriously concerned that this could kill attendance for the first 1.5-2 months. Europe should have been out ahead of this, and looking at the John Hopkins map...almost the entire continent is shaded in red. I didn't see any precautions taken by the US government early on to make me think it will be any different here.

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Posted: March 11, 2020, 7:56 PM Post
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No way the MLB season starts as scheduled. Bigger question may be if they keep the Spring Training complexes up and running as scheduled or even into the season if everyone remains healthy or send everyone home?


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 8:10 PM Post
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Anyone know what odds Vegas has on the Coronavirus winning the ncaa?

reillymcshane said:
Remember what Yoda said:

"Cubs lead to Cardinals. Cardinals lead to dislike. Dislike leads to hate. Hate leads to constipation."


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 8:13 PM Post
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MLB is likely a day or two at most away from whacking the season.


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Cancel early games sure, whack the season, no way in heck.


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 8:20 PM Post
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Rudy Gobert openly mocked the virus and intentionally touched everything around him after a press conference. Even touched all the microphones that were in front of him.

And now he has it.... ain't that a dose of karma


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 8:57 PM Post
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the cancellations are growing at a stunning pace. I won't be surprised if the first few weeks of the season aren't played in empty stadiums, something I didn't think was possible just last week.


Last week I was watching Biathlon events in Czech Republic taking place in an empty 40,000 seat stadium. So I knew it was a matter of time before North America would begin this. (An aside, it didn't stop spectators from lining up along the perimeter fencing of the grounds. So much for social distancing).

Last week began talk of cancelling the Tokyo Olympics. Now, it seems a plausibility.

Local events. My wife is scheduled to run a marathon in Milwaukee on April 11th. She's doing a training run right now. Hoping for her it doesn't get cancelled.


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 9:35 PM Post
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It is even Possible that we do not see this Wisconsin team play again this season... how crazy quickly has the world changed in like 3 days.


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 10:36 PM Post
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Just declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Really no reliable data yet to indicate how far reaching and how long the spread will be. Frankly, nothing that comes from the government of China is worth listening too. I think ground zero for reliable data is probably Italy, and it looks very bad there.

If I were a MLB owner, I'd be seriously concerned that this could kill attendance for the first 1.5-2 months. Europe should have been out ahead of this, and looking at the John Hopkins map...almost the entire continent is shaded in red. I didn't see any precautions taken by the US government early on to make me think it will be any different here.

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboar ... 7b48e9ecf6


I’m sorry, but China’s response to the outbreak has been lauded by the WHO as nothing short of incredible. China bought the rest of the world some time with their quarantine and sacrifice, and warned the rest of the world of the severity. Unfortunately that time has been completely wasted by the West and now here we are. It’s going to get really, really bad before it gets any better.


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 11:23 PM Post
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I highly doubt they cancel the season. I could see teams quarantined as much as possible and empty stadiums though. There are TV contracts to fulfill. Attendance is nothing compared to those.

Might be a crazy season though. Teams could get exposed and poof. 2 weeks of forfeits.

I don't watch American news because I see it as pointless. They don't investigate the same as other countries do. They care more about entertaining. What's sad is that by February 20th or so I was convinced that this was going to hit the whole world and that the economy would hemorrhage. By Feb 20th they were already saying on BBC and others. Long incubation time, 2% death rate (spanish flu equivalent) heavily slanted to people over 60, kids may be the secret host because they don't show symptoms as fast, its not contained and has a much higher rate of transmitting than SARs.

World has changed in 3 days... but we've been told for 3 weeks. Please don't give China too much credit. When it was first brought to their attention they dismissed it until it got out of control in China. If the 1st doctor who saw it and reported it was respected by the Chinese Govt, this would have been almost entirely contained in Wuhan. Sure once people started dying they went full force against it, but they were slow to react, then reacted with incredible severity. 23 days went by. The 1st report came 23 days before the quarantine on Wuhan. It was well on it's way by then. It also was their policy choice to open back up the viral mixing pot markets that they closed when SARs broke out. Fool me once, shame on you. This is 2 for them. Shame on them. Especially since they already had one and still... 23 days.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 5:13 AM Post
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The inconsistent political responses in various locations would be less frustrating, but public health official and scientists have predicted this for years.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 6:13 AM Post
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JosephC said:
Just declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Really no reliable data yet to indicate how far reaching and how long the spread will be. Frankly, nothing that comes from the government of China is worth listening too. I think ground zero for reliable data is probably Italy, and it looks very bad there.

If I were a MLB owner, I'd be seriously concerned that this could kill attendance for the first 1.5-2 months. Europe should have been out ahead of this, and looking at the John Hopkins map...almost the entire continent is shaded in red. I didn't see any precautions taken by the US government early on to make me think it will be any different here.

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboar ... 7b48e9ecf6


I’m sorry, but China’s response to the outbreak has been lauded by the WHO as nothing short of incredible. China bought the rest of the world some time with their quarantine and sacrifice, and warned the rest of the world of the severity. Unfortunately that time has been completely wasted by the West and now here we are. It’s going to get really, really bad before it gets any better.


I'm not criticizing how China handled the situation within their own borders, I just question all the data they've been feeding the world regarding numbers infected/numbers dead. There have been long running reports from credible news sources that have cast doubt over their numbers from the onset. See the following link for one example:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/a ... d=12304547


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 7:24 AM Post
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From the US's perspective, the main thing that would have helped prolong when the virus reached US soil in earnest in people that were contagius would have been restricting travel from Europe soon after it was restricted from China, not this coming Friday. Many of the current US hot spots have been tied to people traveling back from Europe who were unknowingly exposed to the virus there. Since the original travel restriction from China was widely panned as being too harsh, I doubt expanding the travel ban to a wider net of the globe was on the table realistically at that time.

The next few weeks are going to be tumultuous for sure, but I think the end result of this is people are going to look back a year from now and realize the measures taken really helped slow the diseases' spread (which I believe is inevitable no matter what takes place) to allow for the US medical system to effectively manage the outbreak and not be overwhelmed - that's about the best realistic outcome to expect with this virus. Until the US gets better data on what the denominator of this disease is, which I think is much higher than we realize because Covid-19 has likely been circulating untested through most of the world's population for much longer than the last month or two after testing outside of China began in earnest, the uncertainty will be the biggest driver in a tanking market and general public health concerns.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 8:09 AM Post
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The virus is already on the wane in China where it was a lot worse. The cancelling now and barring flights from mainland Europe is to buy time and prevent a bigger spike in cases and protect the leagues from lawsuits. They're buying time because viruses do not spread easily in warm, humid weather. PGA Tour is going on as scheduled in Florida. Games played outdoors in warmer weather are not nearly the risk of games played indoors.
Worst I could see would be opening day being moved back by a couple weeks and season being condensed to 150 games. I'm guessing we'll see Brewers opening the roof at a much lower threshold, say 52 degrees rather than 62 once they start.

Other alternative is keeping the teams in Arizona and Florida and playing the first few weeks of the season in open air warm settings.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 8:20 AM Post
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WIAA now also announced boys and girls basketball state tournaments will be played without spectators. Only enough allowed in from each team to cover family.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 9:18 AM Post
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The virus is already on the wane in China where it was a lot worse. The cancelling now and barring flights from mainland Europe is to buy time and prevent a bigger spike in cases and protect the leagues from lawsuits. They're buying time because viruses do not spread easily in warm, humid weather. PGA Tour is going on as scheduled in Florida. Games played outdoors in warmer weather are not nearly the risk of games played indoors.
Worst I could see would be opening day being moved back by a couple weeks and season being condensed to 150 games. I'm guessing we'll see Brewers opening the roof at a much lower threshold, say 52 degrees rather than 62 once they start.

Other alternative is keeping the teams in Arizona and Florida and playing the first few weeks of the season in open air warm settings.


I happened to be in FL during the opening week. Would be kind of funny if I still end up going and the Brewers are down there for some reason although I'm sure they'd probably be in AZ. I'm nervous now though and my threshold for this stuff is pretty high. If the airlines came out and grounded our flight I wouldn't exactly be devastated.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 9:32 AM Post
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Other alternative is keeping the teams in Arizona and Florida and playing the first few weeks of the season in open air warm settings.


Was brainstorming that idea. What do they do when the season starts? Sending everyone home seems like it could add rather than reduce risk. If they are able to isolate Arizona and Florida camps to the point where the virus isn't introduced, do they extend spring training? Play regular season games at spring training facilities and swap out April series between AZ/FL teams with later season series?


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I happened to be in FL during the opening week. Would be kind of funny if I still end up going and the Brewers are down there for some reason although I'm sure they'd probably be in AZ. I'm nervous now though and my threshold for this stuff is pretty high. If the airlines came out and grounded our flight I wouldn't exactly be devastated.


Have a wedding to go to in a couple weeks. It's crazy and frightening how within a week our family's advice has gone from "just fly, you'll be fine and driving 12 hours is dumb" to "can't blame you for driving" to "you really shouldn't be traveling and going to a big gathering, please stay home".


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 9:33 AM Post
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It looks like MLB is considering delaying the start of the season or at least considering their options.

https://theathletic.com/1671443/2020/03 ... ed-article


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 9:46 AM Post
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I don't see much reason to cancel spring training since the players are already all together so are in somewhat of a closed loop. Once you start the actual season there is a lot more travel from city to city and interaction with people outside of the team is inevitable. I think it is probably likely we lose the first couple weeks of the season.

Having said that if they are going cancel 2-6 weeks of the regular season you kind of need to have a spring training again just to ramp up so maybe these games aren't worth playing.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 10:10 AM Post
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Having said that if they are going cancel 2-6 weeks of the regular season you kind of need to have a spring training again just to ramp up so maybe these games aren't worth playing.


I think the best option would be to just play the first month of the season at the spring training facilities and rearrange the schedule so the teams stay in one state.

I doubt the owners will do this as this is a huge revenue loss for them though less than cancelling the first month of the season.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 10:14 AM Post
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I think this has progressed beyond what owners want. Is there honestly any chance right now that MLB teams are playing opening day in their home stadiums?


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