Judge Napolitano Talks About March Madness 2021

March Madness refers to that time of year (usually mid-March through the beginning of April) when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments are held. The NCAA has 68 teams that

compete in seven rounds for the national championship. This all started in 1939. That is when the first one was ever held. This was called March madness in 1939 by Harry Porter. It is a single-elimination tournament. Judge Napolitano, a Fox News analyst, looks forward to March Madness every year!

What Will the NCAA Do for a Backup Plan Because of COVID-19?

Yes, the NCAA is continuing to have a pandemic backup plan. In case things get out of control, they have established a policy for substitute teams. In Indiana on March 18 (for men) and in San Antonio on March 21(for women), the NCAA released its team replacing states and the district policies. The League can substitute its automatic qualification for any one-off conference by a preapproved substitute team if the league qualifications cannot participate.

When a low- and mid-team withdraws, they will be substituted by the first team not selected as a good offer. The first four out of four — the four replacement teams — will be on their campuses and will continue testing for COVID-19 until they have to travel to the tournament. Teams will have a deadline for backup.

That will be Tuesday, 16 March, 2 days before another men’s tournament begins, and 5 days before the women’s tournament starts. When the tournament starts, there will be no replacements and if a team retires, the adversary will move to the next round.

The Big Picture with the Pandemic

The NCAA has no plans of stopping because of the pandemic. They see it as a stumbling block which means they will find ways to overcome the problem. The policy was a necessary addition to provide a backup plan in the event of COVID-19 positive tests. Given the ups and the downs of the pandemic. It will seem likely that some team out there might run into a disruption that does require a backup plan. This plan at least guides us before the competition begins.

Short Story: The Truth About The Pandemic and the No Contest Rule

The one scenario that the NCAA wants to avoid but will use if they have too, it’s the no-contest rule. The probability of them having to use this is a real possibility. So the way this works is once the tournament has begun, it will be played on and teams that run into COVID-19 issues will simply be eliminated. This will mean that their opponent will advance to the next round. They don’t want this to happen but it might be a grave maneuver.


He looks forward to the tournament and hopes the pandemic doesn’t cause any problems. Napolitano served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge from 1987 to 1995.