The college basketball world is still reacting to Wednesday’s coronavirus developments that resulted in the suspension of the 2020 NBA season.
This morning the two most prominent voices in basketball weighed in on the matter. In a telephone conversation on ESPN’s Get Up, Charles Barkley said his employers at CBS and Turner Sports need to take action.
“I give Adam Silver a lot of credit, man. Let’s shut this thing down and try to figure it out,” Barkley said. “I’m gonna say this and I’m probably going to get in trouble because I work for Turner, March Madness and CBS. I think Turner Sports and CBS got to close down March Madness, man… Because, even if there’s no fans in the stadium, you can’t have these players breathing on each other for two weeks. Even if they had a hotel, they’re going to be in different cities around the country. I hate to say it…like I said, I probably shouldn’t say it because I work for CBS, I think we’re going to have to shut down March Madness until we know more.”
Jay Bilas echoed a similar sentiment. Bilas believes if it’s too dangerous for the paid players to take the court, it’s too dangerous for the unpaid student-athletes.
Jay Bilas on @GetUpESPN calls for the NCAA Tournament to be postponed/suspended "When the pros say they're not playing because of a public health issue it strikes me as a bad look to trot out amateurs to play for money" pic.twitter.com/SyacAPqKOv
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