Charles Barkley says shutting down March Madness is ‘right thing to do’

first_img“Other than the Olympics, March Madness is the greatest thing I have ever experienced,” said Barkley, during an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” on CBS. “The last few years we have been covering March Madness. It would be a travesty if the fans weren’t there.”The change of heart shows just how quickly concerns over COVID-19 have grown in the past week.Sports leagues and organizations like the NCAA may soon have no choice but to comply with governmental directives regardless of their respective positions on how to deal with the outbreak. Barkley, who has been part of NCAA Tournament coverage for the past nine years, said he realizes there is a lot of money on the line for his employer — but they should do the right thing and shut down the event.”I think we’re going to have to shut down March Madness until we know more.” —Charles Barkley— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 12, 2020″A lot of people make a lot of money on March Madness,” said Barkley. “I think we should honor our deal. It’s not my billion-dollar check to write, I understand that, but I think we should show leadership.”In 2016 the NCAA signed an $8.8 billion dollar contract extension with CBS and Turner that goes from 2025 to 2032. The tournament is already being played without spectators, which means most fans will have to watch the games on TV.CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:Every sporting event canceled so far as COVID-19 spreads in United States, CanadaBarkley’s concerns come days after claiming it “would be sad” and “really unfortunate” if the NCAA doesn’t allow fans to attend the tournament over coronavirus fears. Charles Barkley thinks the NCAA Tournament should be canceled or postponed amid the spread of the coronavirus.The NBA Hall of Famer is an in-studio basketball commentator for Turner Sports and made the remarks Thursday during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up.”last_img

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