NCAA Tournament Is Canceled
March Madness is going away this year.
COVID-19 stops March Madness
It was only a matter of time but the last hold out from sports leagues canceling and postponing events was college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA announced that in addition to the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments being canceled, all spring and winter sports are done as well.
The big changes started with the NBA after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and that led to the NBA suspended its season It dominoed from there conference tournaments were adjusted and then canceled along with MLB and MLS pushing its seasons back and the NHL stopping play.
This had to be a touch decision to make since March Madness brings in a ton of money for entire athletic departments, fans love, and it is a great time for the sports calendar. Now, the next month will be void of basically any sport and this had to be the right call and not just because other leagues are canceling but for the safety of the people.
The saying, “better safe than sorry” applies here because had the event gone forward, even with no fans, would be considered a big time risk for a lot of people.
This is a big preemptive measure to slow down COVID-19 and hopefully it does and this is the right move to prevent fewer people from passing away. There will be people who are mad at this decision to cancel March Madness but it has to be worth it to not play this event over having the virus spread worse and do more damage to the public.
You have to feel for San Diego State who was going for a No. 1 seed with its best team in years and Utah State who was peaking at the right time heading into the NCAA Tournament.