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Sport Why the NCAA should still have its March Madness selection shows despite the tournaments' coronavirus cancellations

23:00  13 march  2020
23:00  13 march  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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NCAA has canceled its ' March Madness ' Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments , citing concern over the coronavirus pandemic which Broadcasters Turner Sports and CBS Sports said they were “fully supportive of the NCAA ’s decision” and would work closely with the athletics

Live updates: NCAA cancels March Madness because of coronavirus ; states beg In deciding not to cancel the tournament Wednesday night, when the NBA suspended the remainder of its season, Ackerman said the Big East followed both New York City directives and guidance from the NCAA .

The lack of NCAA tournaments in men’s and women’s college basketball shouldn’t stop the NCAA from broadcasting selection shows.

a close up of a sign: Even without the NCAA tournaments this year we should still have selection shows. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Even without the NCAA tournaments this year we should still have selection shows.

The NCAA canceled both tournaments on Thursday amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. It was the right call. Limiting how many people get sick over the next few weeks is of the utmost importance to the country and it quickly became apparent over the last 48 hours that playing the tournament in front of empty arenas wasn’t feasible.

Per the AP, the NCAA tried to even shorten each tournament to a 16-game event. But the NCAA’s Dan Gavitt said that plan was nixed because the governing body couldn’t conduct an abbreviated tournament without risking the health and wellbeing of participants.

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Many of the top college basketball coaches wanted the March Madness Selection Show to proceed as planned and have the tournament The NCAA announced on Thursday that March Madness and all winter and spring sport championships were being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA decided Thursday to cancel March Madness , after saying Wednesday that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would be held without fans to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. NCAA Cancels March Madness Due to Coronavirus .

Less important than the health of fans and tournament participants is knowing who would have made the field in any of the tournaments. But giving schools and fans a look at what the brackets could have looked like through the traditional televised selection shows is the right call too. And could still happen, according to the NCAA.

From CBS:

"We're hearing today there's interest from coaches and athletic directors from that," Gavitt said. "I wouldn't say we've shut down the idea completely, but there is, practically speaking, it's a bit challenging at this moment. ... There's pluses and minuses to any decision. If you put the field together, you could have teams, depending on that conference's policy, would not be the most obvious choice as the [automatic qualifier]. It's something we're going to continue to look at.

Major college basketball conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus

  Major college basketball conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus College basketball tournaments across the country were canceled on Thursday due to the health risks associated with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Cancellations came from the AAC, ACC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC have all canceled their men’s basketball tournaments due to the coronavirus outbreak. The leagues announced their decisions Thursday morning just before games in many of the tournaments were set to tip off. Many tournaments had already begun, with early-round games being played earlier in the week. For other conferences, Thursday marked the beginning of their respective tournaments.

However, the NCAA conversely has decided to hold its ’ men’s and women’s basketball The NCAA , who don't invest in their players and earns 0 million by having March Madness , opts to play. “I think you have to cancel the NCAA tournament . As a purist basketball fan and a basketball junkie, a

The NCAA announced Thursday it is canceling March Madness , the men's Division I basketball tournament , and other winter and spring NCAA championships, due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus .

"This has been so fast, so emotional, we'll continue to think on it a little bit."

We all know a bracket like this wouldn’t be official. There would be no games to play and teams that could have played their way into the field through their canceled conference tournaments would get left out of the hypothetical bracket. That wouldn’t be fun for them.

But that’s part of the normalcy of the selection shows that we’re so used to seeing. And aren’t we all a little desperate for some normalcy now that all sports have effectively been canceled for the foreseeable future? A selection show could easily be done from multiple studios and locations to mimic proper social distancing protocols. Reminders of the gravity of the situation that we’re facing can still be front and center. The escape from our current reality can be framed into the proper context.

The teams that did have great seasons need to be recognized too. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Dayton and star forward Obi Toppin (un)officially seen as a No. 1 seed after an 18-0 run through the Atlantic-10? Or what about giving Penn State, a men’s basketball team that hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2011 and won a tournament game since 2001, a chance to see itself as a first-round favorite?

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‘ March Madness ’ men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments will still be played, but will be closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus , the college Known as ‘ March Madness ,’ the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is one of the most famous

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On the women’s side, a team like Missouri-Kansas City would get a chance to see itself in the tournament for the first time after winning the WAC regular-season title. And we’d have the chance to see the path that Oregon and star Sabrina Ionescu could potentially have to get to the now-pretend Final Four.

You can look at Gavitt’s quote cynically too. Many coaches get bonuses when their teams make the NCAA tournament. There’s some potential financial incentive for lobbying for a selection show. But if selection shows did happen, coaches would also have the opportunity to donate their bonuses toward those out of work at tournament sites that no longer will have any games to host.

With more people sitting at home than usual on Sunday thanks to the voluntary protocols many of us have implemented, a selection show for both tournaments would do massive ratings on CBS (men’s) and ESPN (women’s). Again, that’s a small thing to consider given the magnitude of our current situation, but it would be a small win for the NCAA and its TV partners after the cancellation of the tournaments.

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The NCAA canceled March Madness for the first time in its history due to the coronavirus . Axed: Following the cancellation of NCAA 's March Madness Thursday, it was announced The show had been scheduled for April 5 at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park during the Men's Final Four weekend.

The NCAA tournament selection committee will reveal its current top 16 seeding on Saturday. The Big Ten, SEC, and Big 12 are among the major conferences to cancel their respective tournaments due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It’d be a small win for us too. Having something sports-related to watch for a couple of hours this weekend and discuss endlessly over the following days is undoubtedly a positive. We need the distraction. Even if it’s ultimately meaningless and short-term.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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Women's NCAA Tournament chairwoman recounts call to cancel event .
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