(An editorial from Brian Schultz)
In a word…none! Earlier today, the WCHA, followed by the NCHC cancelled their men’s hockey tournaments. Prior to that, the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, SEC and others cancelled their men’s basketball tournaments. Now, just a few minutes ago, the NCAA announced that ALL winter AND spring championships were cancelled.
What other choice was there? From a human standpoint…none. From a sports standpoint…perhaps they could postponed and not cancel?
I love sports. I make a living covering sports. There is nothing like the excitement of making the NCAA Tournament. It has pumped a lot of money into Bemidji over the years. The press clippings back in the Frozen Four season did tremendous good for the University. Enrollment was up. People around the country were talking about Bemidji State.
That was all great. But, in the end, sports pales in comparison to real life.
What other choice was there? None.
I certainly feel for the seniors whose careers have come to an abrupt end. I feel for you as well. You don’t get a chance to see what could have been for the Beaver Me’ns Hockey team.
Here’s a statement from Bemidji State about ticket refunds for this weekends games:
Fans who purchased tickets for any of the WCHA Playoff semifinal games in Bemidji, Minn. will be able to obtain ticket refunds. Those who made a purchase using a credit card, either online through Ticketmaster or at the Sanford Center box office, will automatically see a refund within 3-5 business days. Fans who purchased tickets using cash, should bring tickets back to the box office for a full refund by March 18 at 5 p.m.
All decisions have been made in an attempt ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media. BSU, in consultation with Minnesota State colleges and universities system, the NSIC and WCHA, will continue to monitor all relevant information regarding COVID-19 to make any further decisions regarding future athletic events.
None of us knows what the future has in store for this virus, but in the “now” this was the right decision.