Always one to mock the widespread panic and fear of those who insist that every single cough or sneeze is the next Bubonic Plague, I must say: This Pig Flu appears to be legit.
Now in Texas, high school athletic events have been postponed on the recommendation of public health officials through May 11 because of the outbreak. This move suspends the baseball and softball seasons and eliminates the regional track championships that were to start Friday!!!
Here is a list, Courtesy of ESPN.com news services, of reactions in the sports world to the flu internationally and domestically:
• NBA vice president of basketball communications Tim Frank released a statement saying the league is monitoring advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Neither organization has recommended that public gatherings should be cancelled or avoided.
• The Mets say the outbreak in the New York area hasn’t resulted in any changes yet. “We, to date, have yet to receive of any directive/direction from any government agency,” a team official said.
• According to media relations director Jason Zillo, the Yankees are talking to City Hall to get some guidance on the matter and the team plans to take its cues from the city, the New York Daily News reported.
• A directive from MLB regarding the swine flu was distributed to all teams. The Texas Rangers sent copies to all employees. Director of travel Chris Lyngos said the team isn’t too concerned because they have their own chartered jet, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
• Professional soccer games in Mexico this weekend — 176 matches in all divisions — will be played without fans. The ban stretches from nine top division matches to 12 first division A games, 40 in the second division and 115 in the third. Last weekend only three first division games were played behind closed doors.
• The Nationwide Tour has postponed the Mexico Open golf tournament scheduled for May 21-24 because of the swine flu outbreak. Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee says it will be rescheduled for later in the year.
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