NCAA cancels “March Madness” amid heightened concerns over coronavirus

Bill Self’s Jayhawks are No. 1/

March Madness is cancelled in 2020.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

INDIANAPOLIS — With 6/1 odds, the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks are the betting favorite to win the national title. But it won’t happen. That’s because, on Thursday, the NCAA cancelled all of its winter and spring championships (including the men’s basketball tournament) amid heightened concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented resolution means “March Madness” will have to wait ’til next year. “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in a statement.

KU head coach Bill Self echoed a similar sentiment. “While we are disappointed for the players, it was the right and necessary thing to do,” he said. “This is bigger than a sport or championship. I know our medical staff and the NCAA will research all avenues to determine the appropriate steps moving forward.”

College hoops ain’t the only COVID-19 victim. The NBA suspended its season on Wednesday after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the respiratory disease. The National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball have also discontinued and/or postponed operations.

“March Madness” first began in 1939 and has never missed a season ’til now.

Do you agree with the NCAA’s decision?

As a society, are we overreacting?

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  1. Kudos to the NBA for jumping right into the deep end of the pool!! While they did this, the NCAA watched and bitched $$$$$ about how much they would lose in exploiting poor academia and finally gave in.

  2. Coronavirus is dominating every league so far with their sweeping game plan. Wait and see if NFL has anything up their sleeve.

  3. Now we can all be happy and act like our team won the whole thing!

  4. Sucks for the seniors

  5. The real reason the NCAA men’s basketball tournament got canceled is because UNC Tarheels would not have made it this year.

  6. Brackets Busted.

  7. You mean to tell me they can’t play the games without crowds? I call bs. 🖕 The NCAA

  8. breadstickzzzzzzz

    Imagine you’re a senior and this was your first time making the tournament

  9. Why jump all the way to cancelling? It could have just been postponed

  10. In my opinion they should have postpone the NCAA Tournament.

  11. shaunbir klair

    Who ever lets this bioweapon out did helluva job, have to admit

  12. Andrew Landreville

    At this point, if you die, you die… Pray you don’t…

  13. Well since the season is over then…Congrats to your Men’s National Champion The University of Kansas Jayhawks and Women’s South Carolina Gamecocks. The two top ranked teams at the end of the season.

  14. Sports Are For Women

    I say allow the tournament to resume in the summer.

  15. UrGirl WantsMe

    imagine if tests were readily available and had a quick turnover, you could test teams right before the game, let healthy players play and keep the stands empty. but yet here we are. thx government

  16. this virus sucks


  18. Christian Evans

    ESPN about to go out of business!!

  19. Paranoia at its finest.

  20. They could have moved the ncaa tournaments to the end of April or May

  21. David Rodriguez

    340 million Americans. Most of them can care less. Lol

  22. Aaron Springborn

    Why can’t they reschedule it?

  23. If they had any confidence in our government this would not have happened but trumps government is inept

  24. NCAA is the absolute worst organization on this planet.

  25. who know$ why they didnt play the game$. Likely player $afety. NCAA alway$ ha$ the $tudent$ a$ their top priority

  26. Time to panic and hide in our rooms, no point in enjoying life.

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