The NCAA tournament, which is one of the most watched events of the year, is kicking off next week but no one will be in the crowd during the games. This is breaking news as of 4:40 PM on Wednesday March 11th, and the NCAA and their President Mark Emmert sent out a press release saying:

"The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance.

 

While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed."

So it might be a little weird watching the games this year and hearing nothing but shoes squeaking and the ball bouncing. More about it here.