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College Crosse Prospectus - March 13, 2020: NCAA Cancels Spring Sport Championships

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for March 13, 2020.

College Crosse Housekeeping

The news recently has been quite disconcerting but we’re going to trudge on here at College Crosse. We’re going to still be writing posts, taping podcasts, and firing off Tweets. If you have any suggestions for stuff you’d like to see us do or post/podcast ideas, please let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate.

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The NCAA canceled March Madness as well as all remaining winter & spring NCAA championships.

This hit the entire sports world over the last couple of days, and many lacrosse schools announced that sporting events would be held without spectators. That was merely a precursor to the inevitable, as yesterday the Ivy League announced that they were cancelling the remainder of their spring sports seasons. That was followed by the Patriot League this morning, and then the CAA and NEC announcing that their seasons were being indefinitely postponed. The ACC was rumored to be discussing it and soon after they announced their suspension until further notice, the NCAA decided to shutter all their championships for winter and spring.

Jake wrote an insightful piece on some questions that need to be answered now that the 2020 season has been essentially shutdown.

The 2020 men’s and women’s college lacrosse seasons are, for all intents and purposes, over. Due to the emerging threat of COVID-19 and the impact it has on public health and safety, the NCAA canceled spring sports championships, following virtually every conference either outright canceling or suspending their seasons.

This leaves us with many burning questions about what this all means for next year and beyond. This questions are all obviously unanswered and will hopefully be answered over the next few months; and due to the unprecedented nature of what’s happened, there’s no easy solution for them.

The NCAA losing March Madness is going to be a huge financial loss to the organization.

But the NCAA is fueled by the multibillion-dollar TV contract it has with CBS and Turner to televise the men’s tournament each spring. There will no doubt be negotiations between those networks and the NCAA and there will be insurance implications, but the bottom line is the bottom line: the NCAA is going to lose all or most of the roughly $860 million it was to be paid for this year’s tournament.

Tonight’s VMI vs. High Point game has been postponed.

Due to the ongoing concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the rapidly escalating developments nationally, the Big South Conference Executive Committee has approved the Council of Athletics Directors’ recommendation to suspend all athletics practice and competition beginning tonight, Thursday, March 12, through Sunday, March 15. The Council of Chief Executive Officers will meet Friday to consider the status of the balance of the spring season. The Conference previously announced the cancellation of the remaining rounds of the Women’s Basketball Championship tournament earlier Thursday afternoon.

Touching Tiger Blog by Princeton’s Jerry Price.

TigerBlog had a sense of what was coming before he actually heard the words spoken to him yesterday afternoon. Even so, in the moment, it was just numbing to hear that the Ivy League presidents had decided that in the face of the uncertainties and dangers of the COVID-19 virus that all spring sports in the league would be cancelled. An entire athletic department had the same exact feeling as well. That was impossible to miss.

Michael Sowers is a class act.

From US Lacrosse Magazine: Promising Ivy League lacrosse season comes to abrupt and painful end.

Gerry Byrne sympathizes with seasons suddenly lost. Notre Dame even had a playbook, of sorts, when it came to abrupt and unsatisfying endings and locker rooms full of virile 18- to 22-year-old young men reduced to tears.

The NLL suspended game play until further notice.

From Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette: Navy-Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse game off; Bill Belichick key to city ceremony postponed.

What’s Up, New PhilaJersey?

Welp: Jersey City orders 10 pm curfew for bars and nightclubs.

The mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, implemented a 10 p.m. curfew Thursday for any of the city’s establishments that carry a liquor license. The new measure is an effort to reduce large crowds and limit the spread of the coronavirus.“We’re trying to be more proactive than most,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said in an interview with CNBC.

World/National News

Oh boy: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife tested positive for COVID-19.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for novel coronavirus, becoming the latest in a string of high-profile individuals to become infected with the potentially deadly pathogen.

Your GIF/Video for March 13, 2020

Blessed: Coastguardsman Petty Officer Zac Edwards honored for saving a teen’s life on his wedding day.

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