The NCAA has called off its men’s and women’s basketball
tournaments as part of a complete cancellation of all remaining
spring and winter championships.
“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health
threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to
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
The men’s basketball tournament has been played every year since
1939, when Oregon won the championship in Evanston, Illinois. It
has grown through the years, both in size and stature. The
three-week tournament generates almost a billion dollars in
revenue each year for the NCAA and its hundreds of member
universities and colleges.
Just a few days ago they announced plans to hold the games in empty arenas. Things are escalating so fast it’s hard to keep up today. And while basketball is getting most of the attention, they’ve preemptively canceled the baseball and softball tournaments (along with other sports) that weren’t scheduled until June.