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NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday afternoon that the Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament will be held without fans in attendance due to the Coronavirus.
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NCAA President Mark Emmert's statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events
March 11, 2020 4:29pm


The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
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42 Comments
It’s funny how these “big” viruses happen only in election years. They really happen every year, but we just don’t hear about it. This is just the Dems feeding this crap to the media and then running with the sensationalism of the story! They are trying to hurt the economy so Trump doesn’t get elected again!
Reply10 months
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA
10 months
This guy gets it
10 months
Um, COVID-19. The 19 stands for 2019, not election year 2020.
10 months
The progressive slime will do what it takes to make sure trump loses. Equity and justice demands that these arse clowns move to Belgium.
Reply10 months
1100 people are sick. Let's stop going to school, nix all public gatherings, have a curfew, and shut down the country.
Reply10 months
Doubled in 2 days. And with very limited testing. Do the math on 2^15 and you can see how many folks could in theory be infected in a month. What you are jokingly talking about is EXACTLY what needs to happen.
10 months
The stupidity and hysteria of this China virus is pure mental illness and insanity.
Reply10 months
I guess the next thing the media and the rest of the world will tell us all is to put a plastic bag over you head and try not to breathe...
Reply10 months
Omg let's cancel everything it's flu season. Dam liberals.
Reply10 months
This is so overblown!!!!
Reply10 months
You're an idiot of you think that.
10 months
I mean the whole world is reacting to this one
10 months
People have lost their damn minds over this nonsense.
Reply10 months
If only they knew what you know. Please tell them and fix all of this! You blame the media for everything people always have all the answers.
10 months
Paging Dr. Treehorn. The NBA and Rudy Gobert need your expertise. Hurry, inform them that it's all nonsense. Save us, oh wise one!
10 months
This is crazy. If people want to attend the game with the risk of contamination it is on them not the NCAA nor Mr. Emmert! This whole thing is crazy.
Reply10 months
And they go and get infected, then go out and infect your elderly mother and she dies. Now was it worth going to see that basketball game?
10 months
It goes beyond that, waaaay beyond that for things you aren't thinking about.
10 months
Might be the worst March Madness ever!!!
Reply10 months
Oh it definitely will be. I am curious to see what a tournament with no fans looks like tho.
10 months
the issue that everyone is ignoring is this - if they allowed the tourney to go on like normal, and one of the venues had a rash of infections pop up, and heaven forbid someone die - everyone involved with the Tourney and NCAA would be sued into oblivion because "they didn't do enough" to prevent it. they, like everyone else are covering their own asses - sure it is wrapped up on a "best interest for public safety wrapping", but it is CYA pure and simple.
Reply10 months
That is not how sporting events work!! Consumer waves all rights Read the ticket.
10 months
If the NCAA was truly concerned they would cancel it. They are not since they have a billion dollars riding on it. This is insanity.
10 months
I have never in my sixty plus years seen anything like the reaction to this flu virus. The last big flu had people wearing masks at the check out. That was it.
Reply10 months
There is no vaccine for this thing (unlike the flu). If they had a vaccine then no one would give a shite....they dont tho.
10 months
This is all designed to have a mandatory vaccine for everyone. Get ready to line up for your shot.
10 months
Can we stop going to work also?
Reply10 months
Already a lot of talk this will be reversed. Sorry no link ... ESPN radio
Reply10 months
fricking hilarious
Reply10 months
They should let Lebron James run the show. If it was up to him everyone would pack the stadiums(because he only plays for the fans) and Opps get COVID-19
Reply10 months
Hopefully they still let all the bachelorettes spread their toxic attitudes around town.
Reply10 months
AMac
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This is getting beyond ridiculous. Let’s just cancel life.
Reply10 months
There should be one person allowed in each section. Loud people.
Reply10 months
Gonna be like a spelling bee competition now.
Reply10 months
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