NCAA cancels March Madness, Big Ten cancels all spring sports

Saturday, 14 Mar, 2020

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships because of the public health threat posed by the spread of the new coronavirus.

In addition to the cancellation of the conference tournaments across the nation, the NCAA also announced the cancellation of the men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments Thursday morning. "We'll continue to work closely with the NCAA and all our partners as we prioritize the health and well-being of everyone involved".

Wild to think it's over this way. but these past 4 years have been all I could dream of and I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to represent my school and state to the best of my ability!

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Jazz player who tested positive was center Rudy Gobert. Oklahoma's baseball series was canceled and the Big 12 and Oklahoma eventually cracked down on their own.

Hours after the National Basketball Association was forced to suspend their season after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, the NCAA chose to make the decision to cancel March Madness.

Major League Soccer, which is a couple weeks into its season, suspended all games for at least 30 days, and said officials would figure out later when play can resume.

Within minutes of each other, the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences announced that the remainder of their tournaments would not be played.

USA broadcasters CBS Sports and Turner Sports said in a joint statement that they are "fully supportive of the NCAA's decision to cancel this year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship".

"I just saw it", she said shortly after the NCAA released the news Thursday.

But, the NCAA Tourney was also cancelled Thursday amid Cronavirus concerns as well. The women's tournament had been played every year since 1982.

Spokane, Washington is scheduled to host first- and second-round NCAA tournament games next week.

As more people across the United States test positive for the novel coronavirus, the health emergency is forcing changes to major sporting events, from the NCAA to the Ivy League. But all spring sports will shut out fans, only admitting "essential personnel", which includes "student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and immediate family members of the participating teams".