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MAC Eliminating Postseason Tournaments for Eight Sports, Shortening Basketball Tournaments Due to Financial Struggles From Coronavirus

WTOL — The Mid-American Conference will be eliminating the postseason tournaments for multiple sports and they are making adjustments to men’s and women’s basketball, and Volleyball starting with the 2021 season.

MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher confirmed to WTOL that starting in 2021 the conference will be eliminating the postseason tournaments for the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Field Hockey
  • Women’s Lacrosse

We're only two months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the ramifications on college athletics are already becoming apparent. For at least the next four years, the eight MAC sports listed above will not have postseason tournaments and the men's and women's basketball tournaments will be amended to remove first round home games and instead start with the top eight teams at one site.

Obviously the MAC is not a Power Five conference and is more strapped for cash than those conferences with gigantic television contracts, but if there is not a college football season, you will see changes much more catastrophic than this across the board. Nobody is even really sure how bad things would get because such a move would be so unprecedented, but suffice it to say that it won't just be MAC tennis and lacrosse that won't have to worry about having postseason tournaments anymore.

Nobody likes to see any news like this. Every athletic department in the country is exploring every option possible to play some sort of football season in an effort salvage intercollegiate athletics as we know it.

Unfortunately, even if college football is salvaged, you're still going to see more news like this and probably worse. The hope now is to just confine this as much as possible and save as many programs as possible.