NCAA Tournament leads long list of canceled sports

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A sign at T-Mobile Arena advertises the cancellation of the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament amid coronavirus fears Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Las Vegas. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The world’s sports schedule is cratering at warp speed due to coronavirus. College sports officials called off the NCAA basketball tournament, making it the biggest event to be canceled since the virus started spreading. Leaders in the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer also canceled or postponed events. All decided the risk of playing games with the threat of the virus hanging over them was too great. There are billions of dollars hanging in the balance. But commissioners and league presidents determined the risk of mass gatherings in the wake of the spreading virus is too big to take.

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