The Ivy League has just announced that all fall sports have been cancelled. No sports will be played at any Ivy League schools before January 1, at the earliest. Winter sports will have to wait for an update regarding their practice and report schedules.
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported the news via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Sources: Ivy League programs have been informed that fall sports have been cancelled.
The conference will not entertain any sports being played until after January 1st.
Winter sports will have an update in mid-July on their respective practice schedules.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 8, 2020
The Ivy League was the domino that started the postponement of sports. First, they cancelled their men’s basketball tournament, and were prepared to crown the team with the best regular season record as the champion. Then, they withdrew from the NCAA tournament completely, stating it was too dangerous to subject their athletes to that environment.
On the heels of that, many conference tournaments were cancelled, followed by the entire NCAA basketball tournament (both men’s and women’s). Shortly thereafter, the Utah Jazz had a coronavirus scare, which set the wheel in motion to postpone the season. The NHL followed suit, then the MLB season was delayed.
Given the rising number of cases in the United States, this may be a sign of things to come in the sports world. It is unclear how the rest of the NCAA will respond following the Ivy League’s announcement.
The NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS are all continuing forward with their plans to restart amid positive COVID-19 tests.
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