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NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS drop a bomb on the sports world due to coronavirus fears

And there it is. What a crazy world we live in, people.

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This just in, the NHL along with the NBA, MLB and MLS have announced that team dressing rooms and locker rooms are off-limits to photographers, reporters or anyone else not considered "essential" to the team's operations. This new temporary policy has been enacted in an effort to combat the spread of the COV-19 or coronavirus epidemic.

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Read below for the full press release courtesy of the NHL's official website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, March 9, 2020 – Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL) today issued the following joint statement:
“After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. These changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.
“We will continue to closely monitor this situation and take any further steps necessary to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.”