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Will you be watching the N.C.A.A. Division I men’s basketball tournament that begins this week? Do you think the N.C.A.A. can pull it off without a public health crisis? Do you think the tournament should happen at all this year?
Here is a little context about what is at stake:
The decision to pull 68 teams from across the country into a tournament in Indiana will have enormous repercussions for college sports. A successful men’s tournament, as well as a smooth women’s tournament in Texas, would lift the morale and finances of an industry that the pandemic has left in a precarious position. The N.C.A.A. lost nearly $56 million in its most recent fiscal year, primarily because the 2020 men’s tournament was not held.
If the competitions exacerbate the public health crisis or stumble significantly, college sports leaders, already under scrutiny on Capitol Hill and in the courts, will face scrutiny about whether they had prized money more than safety.
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