NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been at the center of the storm for the past 48 hours. He was on a multi-hour phone call with team owners on Wednesday looking at options to keep the league going, on Wednesday night he made the call to suspend the league after Rudy Gobert tested positive, and he was in the middle of the process to decide this break will be reviewed in 30 days.
Silver also believes in transparency, and on Thursday night he appeared on TNT’s Inside the NBA, then released this open letter to fans.
A Letter to NBA Fans pic.twitter.com/hPX6xhmy9d
— NBA (@NBA) March 13, 2020
The key takeaways from this:
• The “hiatus” will last at least 30 days and then be reviewed.
• The intent is to resume the season if it is safe.
• Tickets for postponed games will be honored for the game when re-scheduled.
• If the game is not played — or is played in an empty arena — ticket holders will get credit for a future game or a refund.
It’s an honest assessment of where the league is right now. The real question will be where will it be — and where will be as a nation in dealing with this virus — in 30 days.