[269] Ball On
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[269] Ball On

The cancellation of all NCAA basketball tournaments—conference and national—makes utterly no sense.  Worse, it is destructive. I say, Ball on.

Let me see if I have this straight.  The coronavirus is hardly life threatening among all non-senior citizen populations.  NCAA basketball players are far west of 65, as are most of their coaches.  People who do contract the virus–no different from the flu–recover rather quickly. Not only does susceptibility itself decrease the younger the population, but the overall risk for the coronavirus is lower than for the flu.  Of course there are occasional cases of the virus among all groups, but people also get the flu—more often.  And what do you think these young people are going to do during this basketball quarantine?  You guessed it, continue to play pickup hoops on their own.

The hysteria over the coronavirus has resulted in a tide of impulsive and foolish decisions, ones with profoundly negative unintended consequences.  For millions, sports are a form of therapy—a healthy diversion, release, or distraction from the rigors of daily life.  For generations, millions of shut-ins have organized their lives around watching and listening to sporting events.  For many of them, it has been their sole form of recreation.  Right now–amid the panic, chaos and fear–we are all at risk of being shut-ins in one form or another.  Shut-ins without baseball, hockey, NBA basketball, and college basketball.

You can make a medical case for suspending MLB baseball, NHL hockey, and NBA basketball, as their players are constantly traveling from city to city.  But the college conference tournaments are held in single cities, and without fans.  Empty gyms.  The national tournament begins in designated cities, and by the end of the first weekend, has only sixteen teams left.  So the players, among the least vulnerable-to-the-virus population, would simply be playing against other players in a city to which they have to travel one time.  Again, with no fans present.  Eight of the sixteen remaining teams would travel to one more city before being eliminated.  Four more would be out after one more excursion, leaving the Final Four.  They would all go to a single city.  Amid all that, every conceivable safeguard would be put in place to drive risks down even further.

But the NCAA says no.  Too risky.  All this while businesses remain open, politics rage on, and the airplanes continue to fly.  All this, leaving millions–already severely restricted in so many ways by the government—now desperate for a therapeutic release from the corona obsession, without the March Madness to which they have looked forward for six months.  DC

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