March Madness 2020 facing fanless games after governor’s coronavirus warning

March Madness 2020 facing fanless games after governor’s coronavirus warning

March Madness 2020 games could be played without fans.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday he is asking indoor sporting events take place without spectators “other than the athletes, parents, and others essential to the game.”

Dayton hosts the First Four of the NCAA Tournament every year at UD Arena, with this year’s game scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday. Cleveland is also set to host first and second-round games in the tournament.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road for two weeks but have five home games remaining in the NBA season, beginning March 24. They will not make the playoffs.

A bigger problem could face the Columbus Blue Jackets, who currently occupy a wild-card spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Their next game is scheduled for Thursday in Columbus and they have five home games remaining. If they make the playoffs, they’d potentially have to play postseason games in empty arenas or consider alternatives.

The Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer have a scheduled home game on Saturday.

Teams in Santa Clara County in California, including the San Jose Sharks, are already being forced to consider alternatives with a ban placed on large gatherings.

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