The ACC coaches had a proposal that was to include every single eligible team in the NCAA Basketball tournament. What are the pros and cons of this suggestion?
It is all old news now, and not to sound like a broken record, the NCAA lost a ton of money with the canceled NCAA Basketball tournament due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. As everyone tries to navigate safely through the pandemic. The NCAA has the task of keeping student-athletes and coaching staff safe while they are playing sports.
The NCAA is exploring the options of around 20 sites for all of the 357 teams that play college basketball. All 20 of these “bubbles” will be a way the NCAA feels they can safely conduct a college basketball season. The bubble is going to cost money and some of the smaller schools are going to lose more money than they would have in a normal year, due in part that with the bubble there will likely be no buy games for those schools to rely on.
Now let’s address the elephant in the room, the lost NCAA tournament and how does the NCAA navigate through this or bail out the teams who lost all of that money? The NCAA is likely never going to recoup that lost revenue however the ACC set forth an interesting proposal yesterday that said every single eligible team should participate in the NCAA tournament in 2020.
This all happened a few days ago and I have been trying to collect my thoughts around the pros and cons of this from both sides and how it could work effectively for both the teams and the NCAA. Let’s start with the good news first.