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Pro sports teams take anti-Ebola measures

In the wake of the recent Ebola cases, the sports world is taking precautions to protect players and fans—whose responses vary from very concerned to indifferent.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, said on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" that Ebola "is not an issue at all in my mind. We have done all the preparations necessary and taken all the precautions we need to."

"There were some unfortunate learning experiences in Dallas. They have been rectified," said Cuban, referring to two nurses that contracted the virus at Texas Heath Presbyterian Hospital while providing treatment to patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8.

The NFL is taking precautionary measures to ease any fears. The league has distributed a memo to all 32 teams providing basic facts and guidelines to players, their families and staff.

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"At this point, we do not advise screening of players or staff to make sure that they have not had close contact with anyone who traveled to or from areas where Ebola is now endemic," the memo reads.

Written by Dr. Daniel Sexton and Dr. Deverick Anderson of Duke University's Infectious Disease Division, the memo encourages teams to educate their players and staff about the need to inform medical personnel in the unlikely event that they actually have such contact.

San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) saves the ball during a game against the Dallas Mavericks during the 2014 NBA playoffs in Dallas.
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San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) saves the ball during a game against the Dallas Mavericks during the 2014 NBA playoffs in Dallas.

The New York Giants head to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Sunday, where they may have more than just football on their minds.

The team said its athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus and are doing "nothing out of the ordinary other than providing background and information on the disease" to the team.

"No, I don't worry about myself or the team," quarterback Eli Manning told reporters. "With what we're doing and where we're staying, I think we'll be fine."

In the NHL, the Dallas Stars, who host home games on Saturday and Tuesday, told CNBC that health officials are scheduled to meet with the organization to inform everyone on the risks and answer all questions they may have.

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From an economic perspective, if the Ebola epidemic spreads domestically, it could affect fans' attendance at games and events.

A recent Deutsche Bank report pointed out that the virus would likely have a significant impact on the hospitality sector if it were to spread.

Data showed that when the SARS virus struck in 2003, people in the United States restricted their social activity, and lodging fell 40 percent in cities with direct cases of the virus.

"Historical reference points show that people are more likely to stay home than engage in social environments like sporting events depending on the degree of the virus," said Andrew Zarnett, research analyst for Deutsche Bank.