NCAA Tournament Called Off Amid Pandemic

The cancellations extend to all NCAA championship events in the near future.

670 The Score Staff
March 12, 2020 - 3:23 pm

(670 The Score) March Madness has been called off.

The NCAA Tournaments for men's and women's basketball have been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the governing body said Thursday. The cancellations extend to all NCAA championship events for winter and spring sports. 

"This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

The decision comes in the wake of the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS suspending their seasons amid the outbreak.