CAA Announces Referee Who Worked Tournament Diagnosed with Coronavirus

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10:  The CAA logo on the floor before the CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Championship college basketball game between the Hofstra Pride and the Northeastern Huskies at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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The Colonial Athletic Association announced Thursday an official who worked during the 2020 CAA men's basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus:

Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

Breaking from the CAA: an official who worked that conference tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus. https://t.co/vsLAj6aTRp

Hofstra won the event, which took place from Saturday through Tuesday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

The conference didn't provide further information about the official or what game(s) they worked. There were nine contests played across four days.

Chris Hassel @Hassel_Chris

Just now on @CBSSportsHQ our @MattNorlander says the NCAA decided to cancel the tournament after learning that a CAA official tested positive for the coronavirus after being in contact with many players and coaches during the CAA Tournament

Hofstra scored a victory over Northeastern in Saturday's championship game. The Pride were in line to make their fifth NCAA tournament appearance in program history and their first since 2001, but the NCAA announced Thursday that March Madness has been canceled, along with all other winter and spring championships.

All 10 of the CAA's teams were in D.C. for the postseason tourney.

Jamiel Lynch and Paul LeBlanc of CNN reported Wednesday that Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency in the nation's capital because of the coronavirus.

In addition, the city's health advisory recommended all future "non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or canceled" at least through the end of March.