BREAKING: NCAA cancels March Madness

The Hill reports the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Thursday canceled the annual men’s basketball tournament known as March Madness amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

Men’s and women’s basketball — as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships — will be cancelled, the association announced.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events to dot contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the association said.

College basketball conferences en masse announced they would be canceling their own respective tournaments on Thursday, shortly before NCAA announcement.