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billryan
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March 12th, 2020 at 10:13:16 AM permalink
I imagine the NCAA and all the sports leagues have some sort of business interruption insurance, but this is an economic disaster that will reverberate for years.
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smoothgrh
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March 12th, 2020 at 10:21:59 AM permalink
What it's like to play big games in an empty arena? Siena knows.

Fascinating story of a college basketball team that played nine games in empty arenas because of a measles outbreak.
AZDuffman
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March 12th, 2020 at 10:52:12 AM permalink
Quote: gordonm888

All conference basketball tournaments are now cancelled - the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, have all just announced the cancellation of their tournaments, starting with today's games.

The NCAA BB tournament is probably the next shoe to fall. The NCAA itself gets almost $900 million in revenue from this - its not clear how the NCAA can survive if their BB tournament is cancelled.



Well the collapse of the NCAA would not be a bad thing.
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March 12th, 2020 at 1:23:35 PM permalink
These are good questions. I think I really don't know. I'd probably think underdogs gain advantage. Big schools used to fans, expect to win, small schools would expect to lose deep down. I'd think the favorites have a hard time taking it seriously like it's practice.
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March 12th, 2020 at 2:01:29 PM permalink
NCAA has cancelled the tournament. NHL has suspended all games.
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FleaStiff
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March 12th, 2020 at 2:45:23 PM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

So it might mean take the chalk more than usual?

?????Huh???
onenickelmiracle
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March 12th, 2020 at 2:50:21 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

?????Huh???



Chalk means the favorite. From horse racing, the favorites had to keep being changed because everyone was betting on the horse. The odds were written in chalk, so that's where this comes from. You should know this. Was this not your question?
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March 12th, 2020 at 3:13:23 PM permalink
With an empty arena, the home field advantage and the away team disadvantage should cancel out, so the odds and betting should remain the same.
unJon
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March 12th, 2020 at 3:38:33 PM permalink
Quote: TigerWu

With an empty arena, the home field advantage and the away team disadvantage should cancel out, so the odds and betting should remain the same.

That doesn’t make any sense.
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March 12th, 2020 at 3:50:56 PM permalink
Quote: TigerWu

With an empty arena, the home field advantage and the away team disadvantage should cancel out, so the odds and betting should remain the same.



I maintain the home field advantage is mainly due to referee bias towards the home team. The refs will deny it vehemently, but sports is ultimately a business and fans pay more money to see a team that wins at home. The book Sportscasting was full of evidence of referee bias in multiple sports in favor of the home team.

That said, will the refs feel the same pressure to send the home-team fans home happy? I think not. It will make for a good Ask the Wizard question.
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