Was March Madness canceled? This year’s NCAA Tournament canceled due to Coronavirus pandemic

To no one’s surprise that has been following what’s happened with large event cancellations over the last week, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament has been canceled due to the ‘public health threat’ known as the coronavirus pandemic. You can see the official COVID-19 statement that was released (and tweeted) out by @NCAA Twitter account:

What’s interesting is that the NCAA used the word “canceled” and not “postponed” or “suspended” meaning that they made the decision to skip the 2020 tournament. Here’s the full text:

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA 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.

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Prior to this decision, the NCAA organizing committee said that the March Madness tournament would continue, but with only essential staff and limited friends and family of the teams involved.

The cancellation of March Madness event comes on the heels of several conferences announcing the cancellation of their conference tournaments, including the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and SEC tournaments and less than 24 hours after the NBA suspended its play Wednesday after a couple players tested positive for COVID-19.

The annual March Madness tournament was set to tip off next week after Selection Sunday, with the First Four games on Tuesday March 17th in Dayton, Ohio, and would have continued through the bracket to the Final Four and NCAA Championship in Atlanta on April 4 and 6, 2020.

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