By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NCAA has made an unprecedented decision. They have announced that there will be no fans in attendance for NCAA Championship games.
This includes the upcoming Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. These will begin later this month.
The NCAA was forced to make this decision following the coronavirus outbreak.
“The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel,” NCAA President Mark Emmett said. “Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.
“We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.”
Previously, Amherst and Middlebury suspended their entire spring seasons. The Ivy League has made that tough decision, as well.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference also made the decision to cancel their spring seasons.
More colleges have prohibited travel out of their resale five states.
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