NCAA cancels March Madness over coronavirus outbreak

Ruben Fields
March 13, 2020

The Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 and AAC tournaments have been canceled as the outbreak of coronavirus grinds sport to a halt.

The Pac-12 men's basketball tournament will continue in Las Vegas through Saturday, but the conference announced Wednesday night that fans will not be allowed at T-Mobile Arena beginning with Thursday's games because of concerns about coronavirus.

Sporting events all over the world have been heavily affected by the virus - the scare even prompting the National Basketball Association to suspend its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

That means both the men's and women's college basketball tournaments will not take place for 2020.

Only the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference plans to hold the remaining games of their conference tournaments as of 2:15 p.m. ET Thursday.

The announcement isn't surprising to many people following the reports that Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, as well as various NCAA conferences canceling their basketball tournaments around the nation.

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According to the NCAA, the championship competitions could not be postponed due to scheduling conflicts with other organizations.

For example, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament - which averaged 10.5 million viewers and generated $933 million in advertising revenue a year ago - has never been canceled since its inception in 1939.

The NBA's decision came Wednesday, one day before the first game in league history without fans was set to be played at the Chase Center in San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors.

A video clip showing the reaction to the news of the Big East Tournament's cancelation at MSG arrived on social media.

There will be no NCAA Tournament games at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento or anywhere else.

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