As the nation scrambles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the Big 12 and the NCAA made announcements on Thursday that many basketball fans aren’t going to like hearing. And it’s not just that fans won’t be able to go to the games. There won’t even be games to watch.
The Big 12 is immediately suspending all conference championships until April 15, which includes cancelling the remainder of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships. The Big 12 had already announced that as of Thursday, fans would not be allowed to attend games, but the new decision comes has other conferences around the country cancel their championships as well.
“It’s disappointment and heartbreaking,” Big 12 Commissioner said. “I think this is one of the great sporting events in America. It’s just disappointing in so many ways. It’s emblematic of how our country will be responding to an unusual set of circumstances.”
That’s not the end of the bad news for basketball fans, either.
The NCAA also announced on Thursday that the NCAA basketball tournaments have been cancelled, along with wrestling and other championships. No buzzer beaters to had, no brackets, no 12-seed over a 5-seed upsets, March Madness is officially March Sadness.
Obviously, this doesn’t just affect the fans. For most seniors, the conference and NCAA championships are the last time they will take the court in their collegiate careers.
As disappointing as losing one of the most looked-forward to events of the year is though, it is absolutely the right call by the Big 12 and the NCAA.
Covid-19, better known as the Coronavirus, is proving to be nothing to play around with. Even if you are young enough and healthy enough no to personally worry, we all have elderly loved ones or know someone with a compromised immune system.
Stay safe out there, try to keep your distance from others, wash your hands, and let’s look forward to 2021.