Ivy League cancels its 2020-21 college basketball season, other winter sports

Reports confirmed on Thursday that the Ivy League will be canceling all winter sports for the 2020-21 academic year, including men’s and women’s basketball. The news was first reported by CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander.

With the decision, the Ivy League becomes the first D-I conference to cancel all winter sports this season. Likewise, the Ivy was the first to cancel all fall sports and was also the first to cancel its conference basketball tournament back in March.

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Though the cancellation comes at a bleak time for the sport, the decision has been anticipated for several months. National media outlets have reported throughout the summer that there was serious skepticism about the Ivy playing winter sports in 2020-21.

Harvard, the league’s expected frontrunner, is the most notable program to miss the season. The Crimson were set to bring back leading scorer Noah Kirkwood and have finished no worse than second in the Ivy standings the past four years.

In addition to Harvard, the other universities that will not play winter sports this season include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton and Yale.

The Ivy League made the announcement official this evening:

According to the CBS Sports report, Ivy League presidents came to the conclusion earlier this week. Initially, the conference was set to postpone athletic activities until January.

The 2020-21 college basketball season is set to begin Nov. 25.