For the NCAA, the easy part – Boiler, who established a bracket and crown, to Gonzaga, Illinois and Michigan as the No. 1 seed for the Division I men’s basketball tournament that will begin this week – ended Sunday night. Now the association faces a week-long trial of its choice to play its signature program during the coronovirus epidemic.
The decision to pull 68 teams from across the country in a tournament in Indiana would have huge consequences for the college game. A successful men’s tournament, as well as a smooth women’s tournament in Texas, will uplift the morale and finances of an industry that’s left in a precarious position. NCAA There was a loss of about $ 56 million In its most recent fiscal year, mainly because the 2020 men’s tournament was not held.
If competition exacerbates the public health crisis or staggers to a great extent, college sports leaders, who are already under investigation in Capitol Hill and the courts, will investigate whether they have more than safety. Was money.
“It’s going to be complicated and difficult,” said NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt. “There is no question about that.”
The brackets are still subject to change.
Men’s bracket may be out, but It won’t freeze Eastern Time until 6pm on Tuesday evening – an allowance for the possibility that the virus will derail a team’s expectations while giving a chance to play for a championship.
Rules vary depending on the home conference of a different team.
If a team plays in a league that has only one team in the tournament, The conference can choose its option. The new team will assume position in the bracket of the team he replaced.
If a team is from a league that earned multiple tournament bids, then four teams – Louisville, Colorado State, St. Louis and Mississippi – will be waited to convert into a single bracket spot.
After the deadline passes on Tuesday, no new teams will be added to the brackets for the men’s or women’s tournament. (Selection for the 64-team women’s tournament will be announced on Monday night.) If a team doesn’t have at least “five qualified, healthy players to start a game,” Gavitt put it last week, The game will be classified. As a no-contest, taking the opponent to the next round.
Play-in games for the men’s tournament are scheduled for Thursday, with 64 rounds planned to begin Friday. The women’s tournament is scheduled to begin on Sunday.
These are not ‘bubbles’.
The NCAA’s plan calls for choke points to limit the risk of pandemics for players and coaches, but the association’s strategy does not include all restrictions NBA used last year To end his season and playoffs in his so-called bubble in Florida.
More than 2,300 people – players, coaches, trainers and the like – are expected to land on Indiana for the men’s tournament for the 68 teams on the tournament grounds. But referees, NCAA staff members, security guards, sweepers, journalists, relatives, and fans will also have to fill the venue up to 25 percent of their normal capacity.
Spectrum will be largely halted by the first and second rounds of the women’s tournament, which will be played in Texas. Starting with that round of 16 tournaments, San Antonio’s Almodom is expected to host about 11,000 spectators.
The most well-protected participants in the tournament, including players and coaches, will need to be described by the NCAA as a “controlled environment”. Others, even those who may be near the court, will not face any such limits, although they must wear masks and try to stay six feet away from people.
To ease the trip, most men’s tournament games will be played in Indianapolis, where Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Collegium and Lucas Oil Stadium will host the games. The teams will also play on the campus of Purdue University in McKee Arena, West Lafayette, Ind. And Assembly Hall at Indiana University in Bloomington.
For the women’s tournament, teams will play in three locations in San Antonio: Almodom, the Bill Grecheny Arena at St. Mary’s University and the Convocation Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Texas State University will have first-round games at the University Events Center in San Marcos, as will the Frank Irwin Center at Texas University in Austin.
Many people – but far from everyone – will be tested daily for the virus.
Tournament organizers have shortlisted those who will be in and around the game in four levels, and test requirements vary for each.
Referees and members of teams traveling teams must test negative for seven straight days before traveling to Indiana and Texas, and they will face a daily test paid by the NCAA until they leave the tournament. The test cannot be practiced until at least two days of testing after the team arrives, and people will be asked to stay in their hotel rooms, unless the initial tests produce negative results.
People who have “periodic interactions” with participants in the top monitoring tier must test negative within two days of arrival and test each day.
After the initial negative result, another group of people working on the tournament will be tested twice a week. Spectrum and journalists will not have to pass the test protocol to participate in the game.
With a few exceptions, the mask will be mandatory.
Teams will not be able to move to Indianapolis or San Antonio.
Top level teams in any sport often refer to sports trips as business trips. But while postson trips are usually at least some pregame fun – think of the traditional Major rib feast for Rose Bowl teams – Teams playing in this year’s tournament are rarely wandering the Indianapolis City Market or taking a walk on the River Walk in San Antonio.
For the men’s tournament, the teams will stay in hotels that are connected to the Indiana Convention Center, where the practice will be held, which will be done by Skywalk. Teams will have their own floors inside the hotel, and organizers said there will be meetings and dining areas designed to maintain social distance.
For the women’s tournament in Texas, the NCAA said, entire hotels will be reserved for those who are tested for the virus every day, including players, coaches and sports officials.
Officials said that no one will be included in the tournament. However monitoring devices will be used during team activities to facilitate contact tracing, as they will not be required at the time of the warrant when players are in their hotel rooms.
A lot of money is at stake.
The men’s basketball tournament is the NCAA’s premier moneymaker, and the association’s decision to cancel the 2020 event cost more than $ 800 million.
Although the insurance companies paid $ 270 million because the association Far-reaching event cancellation coverage – Policies to apply for the 2021 competition – The NCAA’s total revenue for its fiscal year declined by approximately $ 600 million. The NCAA planned to distribute $ 600 million for its Division I leagues last year, but eventually paid less than half that.