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Report: Bubble events cancelled in Orlando, Champions Classic could move to Indy

Posted at 2:12 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 14:12:02-04

According to a report by Seth Davis of The Athletic, ESPN is canceling the "bubble" events in Orlando that were supposed to take place in December.

This affects the Kentucky basketball program, as they were scheduled to participate in the Champions Classic along with Kansas, Duke, and Michigan State.

Here is more information of the situation according to The Athletic:

“The plans broke down mainly because ESPN was trying to abide by guidelines handed down by the Centers for Disease Control and the NCAA, which are more restrictive than the protocols many conferences are planning to implement. The biggest point of contention was ESPN’s desire to stick by the guideline stating that anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus must be re-tested after that person has been clear for 90 days. Several schools balked at the idea of retesting players that soon. “The 90-day testing protocol became the key sticking point,” Overby said. “Once we laid that out there were individual schools who couldn’t agree because their conference rules are more open-ended with respect to when you test someone again who has contracted the virus.”

However, the Champions Classic could be moving to another location, according to a report by Jon Rothstein.