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NCPA suggests playing NCAA Tournament with no audience

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How do you all feel about this a tournament, but with no fans?

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The Coronavirus is certainly something that we should all be taking seriously at this point. It has spread from China and is now in the United States, and the first U.S. casualty has occurred already, so we need to be on high alert.

And the National College Players Association is ready to suggest playing the NCAA Tournament with no fans in attendance.

“In the wake of the emerging coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA and its colleges should take precautions to protect college athletes. They should also make public which actions will be taken and when. Precautions should include cancelling all auxiliary events that put players in contact with crowds such as meet and greets and press events. Athletic programs should also take every possible measure to sanitize buses and airplanes used to transport players.

In regard to the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament and other athletic events, there should be a serious discussion about holding competitions without an audience present.

Google just cancelled a summit in California and Amazon is encouraging its employees to avoid all nonessential travel because of coronavirus concerns. The NCAA and its colleges must act now, there is no time to waste.”

The first death in the United States happened on Saturday in Washington state, the site of multiple NCAA Tournament first-round games, so I see the cause for concern. There has already been potential talks of postponing or flat-out canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Ultimately, I don’t think this will happen because the NCAA cares about one thing only and that Is money. No fans = a lot less money, and I don’t think the NCAA will be down with that.