March Madness 2020 Canceled
On March 11 the NCAA announced that March Madness would be played without fans but the outbreak of the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the annual NCAA Tournament. On March 12 all the conference tournaments were canceled at different times of the afternoon and then Duke and Kansas decided to suspend all athletic competition for the foreseeable future as the outbreak continued to spread throughout the US.
According to CNN, more than 124,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and at least 4,600 people have died. Approximately 1,300 cases are in the US.
The NCAA released the following statement:
“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 the spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.”