Due to the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 the NCAA cancels march madness in response. The people in charge of this cancelation are the President Mark Emmert and the board of governors; they made this decision to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The CDC reports that groups of 250 or more should not be together preventing fans, teams, and workers to be able to watch games.
The tournaments held by the NCAA are the biggest events for them for the year which doesn’t help them and drops their profits and viewings. Some of the coaches were disappointed to hear the news and some weren’t so disappointed because some of their teams were already canceled for the rest of the season.
“Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few was live on ESPN when news of the cancellation broke. He said that he was “extremely disappointed” and that he felt the tournaments could have been postponed.” -NBC News
In the history of sports this was called the biggest decision made by the body of sports in the history of response to an outbreak. Even other sports like Major leagues such as hockey, soccer, and baseball have either canceled their season or postponed their season. NCAA’s division 1 mens basketball tournament has been held every year since 1938; it wasn’t even canceled when former president Ronald Reagan was almost assassinated the same day as the tournament. Which causes this to be such a big deal in the body of sports and fans.
“As much as I dislike having to say this, I can’t see putting players out on the floor in the current climate,” -Bilas