NCAA Basketball Tournaments to Be Played Without Fans Due to Coronavirus Fears

March 12, 2020

On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that it would hold its upcoming men's and women's basketball tournaments without fans due to coronavirus fears. "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," NCAA president Mark Emmert said of the unprecedented decision. "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."