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NCAA Basketball Tournament to be played without spectators
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NCAA tournament games will be played with no fans in the stands, just 'essential staff' and select family members

The NCAA has taken the drastic step of closing the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to the public.

The governing body made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“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 Emmert said in a statement. “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.”


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Emmert’s statement came after the NCAA issued a statement saying that it recommended against sporting events being open to the public. Conference basketball tournaments being held this week across the country are run by the respective conferences and the decisions to prevent fans from attending are made by them and not the NCAA.

The men’s Final Four is currently set to be held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which seats over 70,000. The NCAA could move the games to a smaller venue because the stadium would be virtually empty. The first and second round games that begin on Thursday, March 19, are set to proceed as scheduled in the host cities.


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Mark Emmert says the NCAA is looking to move the Final Four out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium into a smaller venue in Atlanta.

Regional sites could also be moved from the currently scheduled arenas to smaller venues in same cities.

The plan is to keep sites for the 1st round as is.

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The Ivy League canceled its men’s postseason basketball tournament earlier in the week. The move meant Harvard, the regular-season winner of the league, will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament.

Emmert’s statement also came hours after Ohio banned gatherings of large groups. The NCAA’s first four games of the men’s tournament are scheduled to be held in Dayton on Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, and would have been played under a state decree for no general fan attendance without a move by the NCAA.

The city of Houston canceled the remainder of the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show on Wednesday after a man who tested positive for the coronavirus attended a barbecue at the event. The city is set to host the South Regional finals of the men’s tournament on March 27 and 29.

The NIT will also be held without. The consolation tournament for the men’s basketball teams who missed out on the NCAA tournament is run by the NCAA.
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This is astronomically dumb.
03-11-2020 06:22 PM
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https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basket...s-concerns

CBI cancelled for 2020. Not that anyone actually cares about this tournament anyways, but it's a no go b/c of corona hysteria.
03-11-2020 06:39 PM
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The hysteria is causing everyone to protect their brand. The NCAA doesn't want there to be a news story about people at the NCAA tournament "spreading the disease"....
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NBA just suspended Season indefinitely. Jazz player tested positive
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(03-11-2020 08:39 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  NBA just suspended Season indefinitely. Jazz player tested positive

That’s what they get for cowering to China during the preseason. Laaaaaaame.

I hope season ticket holders destroy them. Kill the NBA brand and start over with people that have brains.


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(03-11-2020 07:14 PM)82hawk Wrote:  The hysteria is causing everyone to protect their brand. The NCAA doesn't want there to be a news story about people at the NCAA tournament "spreading the disease"....

Yep

I can see the lawsuit now.

Leagues protecting themselves from this mass hysteria
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I wouldn't be surprised to see the NCAA tournament canceled next.

They're making the right calls IMO.
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UNC system schools are shutting down in person classes March 20th. Looks like baseball and the other sports will be affected to.
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(03-12-2020 06:27 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  I wouldn't be surprised to see the NCAA tournament canceled next.

They're making the right calls IMO.

America needs live TV right now as TV is our only source of entertainment. As long as it's deemed safe for the participants, these tournaments need to go on as scheduled more than ever, even if there are no fans in the stands. If the tournament happens, the ratings will be at a record high, guranteed, since every form of live entertainment has been cancelled.
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(03-12-2020 10:47 AM)J.B. Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 06:27 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  I wouldn't be surprised to see the NCAA tournament canceled next.

They're making the right calls IMO.

As long as it's deemed safe for the participants, these tournaments need to go on

They can't deem it safe. One Tournament-bound player or coach gets diagnosed with coronavirus, and watch how quickly they'll make the call to cancel the tournament.
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All conference tournaments have been cancelled.
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(03-12-2020 10:50 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 10:47 AM)J.B. Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 06:27 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  I wouldn't be surprised to see the NCAA tournament canceled next.

They're making the right calls IMO.

As long as it's deemed safe for the participants, these tournaments need to go on

They can't deem it safe. One Tournament-bound player or coach gets diagnosed with coronavirus, and watch how quickly they'll make the call to cancel the tournament.

Big Ten, ACC, and American all just cancelled their conf tourneys
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(03-12-2020 10:50 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 10:47 AM)J.B. Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 06:27 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  I wouldn't be surprised to see the NCAA tournament canceled next.

They're making the right calls IMO.

As long as it's deemed safe for the participants, these tournaments need to go on

They can't deem it safe. One Tournament-bound player or coach gets diagnosed with coronavirus, and watch how quickly they'll make the call to cancel the tournament.

Which is scientifically... dumb. This thing is nothing more than another strain of the flu. Players, fans, etc get the flu all the damn time. They hysteria surrounding this is ridiculous and nothing more than media frenzied hype.

More people die in the U.S. daily from yellow fever and the common flu than this.

Absolutely absurd, IMO.
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The Big East Tournament is still on.
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(03-12-2020 11:00 AM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 10:50 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 10:47 AM)J.B. Wrote:  
(03-12-2020 06:27 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  I wouldn't be surprised to see the NCAA tournament canceled next.

They're making the right calls IMO.

As long as it's deemed safe for the participants, these tournaments need to go on

They can't deem it safe. One Tournament-bound player or coach gets diagnosed with coronavirus, and watch how quickly they'll make the call to cancel the tournament.

Which is scientifically... dumb. This thing is nothing more than another strain of the flu. Players, fans, etc get the flu all the damn time. They hysteria surrounding this is ridiculous and nothing more than media frenzied hype.

More people die in the U.S. daily from yellow fever and the common flu than this.

Absolutely absurd, IMO.

It’s more dangerous than the flu (10x mortality rate and may have chronic impact beyond leaving the system) but I understand your frustration.

Problem is we don’t have a vaccine like we do for the flu, and we can’t have tons of old people getting it.
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CAA has suspended all sporting events moving forward. No UNCW athletic events until the league gives approval.
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(03-12-2020 11:47 AM)geezerhawkdad Wrote:  The Big East Tournament is still on.

No it’s not.

They just canceled the rest of the tournament.

So St. John’s and Creighton played a half of hoops.
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Duke has cancelled all sporting events too. There's not going to be a tournament if individual schools are already making this decision. I get the frustration as well, but this is not the flu. We're not equipped to test for it, much less treat it. Maybe it's the hype, but the next few months are going to be wild.
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(03-12-2020 01:04 PM)bricksnivy Wrote:  Duke has cancelled all sporting events too. There's not going to be a tournament if individual schools are already making this decision. I get the frustration as well, but this is not the flu. We're not equipped to test for it, much less treat it. Maybe it's the hype, but the next few months are going to be wild.

I think it's an overreaction. I don't take it lightly, but when the numbers shake out, i don't think the mortality rate will be much worse than the flu. Vaccinations are over rated! I had the Flu shot this year and the Flu still kicked my a$$ a few weeks ago! I work in the Biz, and the number of RFPs that have come in this week for drugs to potentially treat it is staggering.
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