March Madness, the Division 1 men's and women's basketball tournament, has officially been canceled by the NCAA following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The tournament is a huge staple of college basketball with nationally televised games, big-time media partnerships with CBS, and opportunities for aspiring professional basketball players to make their name known to the NBA.
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships: https://t.co/p4vCzvzmvo https://t.co/yqAHak4HO5— Inside the NCAA (@Inside the NCAA)1584044206.0
After news came on March 11 that the NBA was suspending its season, many college conferences canceling their conference tournaments, March Madness was expected to follow suit.
The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s games until further notice. https://t.co/3PIBQngjRP— NBA TV (@NBA TV)1583977276.0
The Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 and AAC all just cancelled their conference tournaments in the last 15 minutes. I’d be sur… https://t.co/aaDlbmc2Bx— Brandon Saho (@Brandon Saho)1584028937.0
Even Charles Barkley has gone on record saying the NCAA should cancel the tournament.
As of right now, the tournament does not yet have a set date for when it will happen.