NBA, ESPN could hold H.O.R.S.E. tournament in absence of live sports due to coronavirus

WASHINGTON (SBG) -- The NBA and ESPN are in negotiations to broadcast a H.O.R.S.E. competition which will involve current NBA and WNBA players as well as recent NBA alumni, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi.

Players would compete in their home gyms while in isolation due to the spread of coronavirus around the world. Each participant would shoot a wacky, unique shot that they believe their opponent would not be able to score. The goal is for the loser to miss five shots against their opponent which would spell out the word "horse."

Most recently, the NBA held a H.O.R.S.E. competition in 2009 and 2010 but it has not been a staple event for the league since the 1970's. Circumstances have changed due to the stoppage of play which began on March 12 after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls are among the possible participants, ESPN reports. It is unknown when this competition will actually take place and whether it will air on television live or pre-recorded.

The NBA isn't the only league adjusting their events due to coronavirus concerns.

NBC Sports reports the NFL will hold their draft virtually with a combined broadcast on ESPN and the NFL Network that will be based out of ESPN's studios in Bristol, Connecticut.

Buffalo Wild Wings is also trying to fill the void of live sports by holding a H.O.R.S.E. tournament of its own featuring two viral social media users. The broadcast will air on the restaurant's Twitch channel, according to Mobile Marketer.