Ivy League Cancels Spring Sports

Friday, 13 Mar, 2020

Both the men's and women's tournaments had been scheduled for this weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The cancellation means the that the regular-season winners - Princeton's women's team and Yale's men's team - will automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament.

The conference tourneys were the first at the Division I level to be canceled because of the disease.

The decision resulted in immediate backlash from some players in the league, who created a petition on Change.org called "Reinstate the Ivy League Tournament".

Cornell is permitting its men's and women's hockey teams to continue in their postseasons, for now.

On Monday, the Hartford Courant reported The American Athletic Conference plans to hold the Men's Basketball Conference Tournament on March 12-15 in Fort Worth, Texas.

"While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans for our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States, " added NCAA president Mark Emmert in another statement. Given these considerations, coupled with a more unfavorable outcome of COVID-19 in older adults - especially those with underlying chronic medical conditions - we recommend against sporting events open to the public. Columbia, which was to play in the tournament for the first time, was about to start practice when coach Megan Griffith shared the news.

Not only were the students' welfare considered with canceling the tournaments, but the Ivy League presidents also considered the possibility of the campus and general community as well.

Freshman guard Jordan Dingle (left) and senior forward AJ Brodeur (right) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year and co-Player of the Year, respectively.

Thus, they will not be cancelled, but we won't see full arenas of fans cheering on the teams they root for at any of the upcoming events in March Madness.

"I love that our women's and men's teams are bonded together", Donahue said. "But as a public health official, anything that has large crowds is something that would give a risk to spread". "That's what we're trying to deal with", McLaughlin said. They said decisions regarding whether to postpone or cancel games or limit fan access to venues will be made exclusively by the NCAA.

The NBA has also discussed the possibility of playing future games this season without fans in attendance.