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REPORT: NHL Will Close Access To Locker Rooms For The Media Amid Coronavirus Fears

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The NHL is reportedly preparing to ban media from locker rooms because of the coronavirus.

According to a Saturday report from ESPN, media members won’t be allowed in the locker rooms, and the league will just have regular press conferences as fear of the virus mounts. There’s been no formal decision made as of this moment. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday, “We’re focused on the fact that the tightness, the crowdedness and the intimacy of postgame availability may need to be adjusted while we’re focusing on the coronavirus.”

 

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It seems like sports leagues are starting to take this situation a hell of a lot more serious with every single day that passes.

Is banning the media from locker rooms a big deal? No, it’s really not a big deal at all. It’s very minor in the big picture.

 

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If it helps make everything safer, then the NHL should 100% do it. When dealing with the coronavirus, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Having said that, a locker room ban would just be the latest sign leagues aren’t messing around when it comes to the coronavirus.

We’ve already had Italy ban fans, Chicago State didn’t play two basketball games and a tennis tournament has been canceled.

 

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Let’s hope this situation ends sooner than later because the last thing we need is it getting worse.