The NCAA announced the cancelation of men’s and women’s winter and spring championships, including the College World Series on Thursday afternoon.
The news comes in the midst of professional sports leagues and universities canceling or postponing games due to COVID-19.
The College World Series, which was slated to start June 13 in Omaha, Nebraska, consists of the final eight teams from the NCAA Tournament competing for the national championship.
With the cancelation of the NCAA Tournament, it leaves the college baseball season in doubt. If that’s the case, it will significantly impact the MLB draft.
Here release from the NCAA on the news:
“Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.”
Stay tuned for more news on the NCAA and college baseball season.
Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for five years. He’s interviewed 191 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.