Updated Dec 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy
NBA reschedules 5 more games due to COVID spike
The NBA on Sunday announced it has postponed five games in response to a surge in coronavirus cases, largely driven by the Omicron variant.
Why it matters: The new strain has rocked the sports world, forcing numerous postponements and adjustments to safety protocols as the leagues scramble to contain the rapid spread of the virus.
- The Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets are the teams affected by the postponements, according to the release.
- Five players from the Cavaliers have tested positive for COVID, per AP.
The NHL announced Sunday that it's postponing all cross-border games until after the holiday break that begins Dec. 23.
- As a result, 12 games against Canadian teams that were set for Monday through Thursday this week have been temporarily suspended.
The backdrop: The postponements come as infections, hospitalizations and deaths have climbed across the United States, spurred on by the highly transmissible variant, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
- The NHL and NFL rescheduled several games last week after players tested positive for the virus.
Go deeper: Omicron threatens to massively disrupt sports world