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Remainder of SEC Tournament to be played without fans

Other sports will have similar restrictions for the spring.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Vanderbilt vs Arkansas Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC has announced the remainder of 2020 SEC Tournament will go on with only essential staff, limited family and credentialed media in attendance at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville following the recommendation of the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel.

In addition, the SEC announced that all regular season contests in all sports on SEC campuses and SEC Championship events will be conducted with similar attendance restrictions effective Thursday, March 12 through at least March 30, at which time the conference and its member universities will re-evaluate conditions.

The SEC issued a statement from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey:

”In light of recent developments beyond our control related to the spread of the Coronavirus, including a recommendation from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, and after consultation with our member universities, we have made the difficult decision to hold the 2020 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville without spectators beginning with games of Thursday, March 12. Effective immediately, the policy will also apply to other SEC Championship events and on-campus regular season games scheduled through at least the end of March.

”After conferring with local and national health authorities, we remain confident in our ability to safeguard the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and other staff who will be participating as well as the limited number of family members and media who will be in attendance at the tournament.

”We regret the inconvenience and disappointment this decision has caused our fans, especially those who have already traveled to Nashville for the tournament.”

This comes after the NCAA announced that the NCAA Tournament will also be played without fans.

And right after this announcement came, the NBA announced it was suspending its season.

At the rate we’re going, don’t be surprised if the NCAA Tournament gets suspended or even cancelled.