[Ed. – As indicated, the NCAA decision affects women’s sports as well, and covers the college World Series and wrestling in addition to hoops. Those of us looking forward to MLB cranking up are bummed. As thousands of Broadway ticket-holders must be. At least, if you’re quarantining at home, there won’t be anything to go out for.]
In a historic move, the 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been canceled over concerns of the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). It is the first time the NCAA Tournament will not be held since it began in 1939.
“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,” the NCAA announced. “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 decision by other entities.”