How does anyone in charge of staging a basketball or a hockey game flip on the news, hear the World Health Organization’s director-general say, “We are deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity — and by the alarming levels of inaction” around the coronavirus, and think, “The Red Wings are coming to town! Let’s open the doors to 19,000 people. Make sure to hug and high-five when the home team scores!”?It’s equal parts unconscionable and scary, with straight lines drawn from there to arrogance and greed. That’s what the NBA and NHL were prepared to do as Wednesday afternoon transitioned to Wednesday night, before Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It took that development — a grave, dramatic development — for the NBA to suspend its season.The NHL? For now, we wait. But why?Both of those leagues had reams of information available Wednesday, by which point there were more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases across the country, and decided the advice of government and health officials shouldn’t apply to them. So they carried on with five hockey games and four basketball games Wednesday night. Before Gobert’s test result

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