It Has Been Reported That The NCAA Division I College Basketball Tournaments Will Be Held Without Fans In Attendance
It is indeed a new world of hard-to-believe circumstances
If you are a big sports fan, then these days must be very strange for you. There have been soccer games held without fans in attendance. I’ve heard about hockey games without fans in the stands.
But March Madness? Yes, it’s true. According to news reports and ESPN, the NCAA men’s and women’s Division I college basketball tournaments in 2020 are going to be held without fans due to the concern over the coronavirus.
What is that going to be like? Well, evidently the games will still be televised so people can watch on their phones, tablets, and on television.
But what about the financial impact to the workers? There are so many thousands of people who earn income from working inside the arenas, outside the arenas, or in some other direct or indirect form.
Yes, but concern about the virus is extremely urgent right now. Some countries, Italy for one, are almost completely shut down. Other countries, like Germany, are concerned that the majority of their population will contract the coronavirus.
What can you do?
I say for those that love March Madness, for those who can’t wait for the Division I brackets to be finalized, that you send your love to your teams and players online, through your phone, and by telephone. Hang signs at home. Make a little arena inside your place with your family. Keep the support strong.
We just have to do things differently this year. Yes, many thousands of people will not be able to see their favorite players or teams live in person. This is hard for those who only get a short window to show their talents.
Find other ways to cheer. Be creative in showing your passion for your team, will abiding by local or state prohibitions against large gatherings. And make sure you keep washing hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and doing your best to help us get through this worldwide crisis.