In recent days, many have enjoyed watching what has been called March Madness. 64-team college basketball tournaments usually have a massive and lucrative effect. People who do not spend any time watching basketball during the year will often adapt to all the madness that March has to offer.
In March last year, there was another madness that we still endure today. COVID-19 produced some of the most troubling times that many of us will face in our lives. It did not discriminate who it affected. The effects of the pandemic began just over a year ago and one of the biggest news at the time was the cancellation of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. I did not think much about it last year except for the fact that I did not get to enjoy the endless amounts of basketball. But since I became a lawyer and dealt with insurance issues every day, my opinion has changed, and it made me wonder what the consequences of such an incident were.
The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament 2020 released an economic downturn in college athletics. still feels today. An economic hit that some claim did not have to be so serious. It saw employees in the athletic departments lose jobs, games were stopped and even some sports were completely stopped. Stanford suspended eleven of its non-major sports by 2020. But by the end of June 2020, NCAA executives knew that a crucial lifeline, one dug into the black and white language in five insurance policies, would soon come through: $ 270 million. cash ̵
Insurance taken out to cover cancellation of the tournament did not come close to reporting $ 800 million in revenue produced by the event. That was not the intention either. The insurance covered only $ 270 million. "What [the NCAA] received is the largest payout for incident interruptions in the history of event cancellation," said John Beam, the NCAA's broker. The NCAA claims that its policy represents an industry standard and is considered best practice. Others do not agree. The current three-year contract expires after this year's tournament.
The organization's insurance, which covers several insurances, includes infectious diseases and pandemic coverage – a rarity for business interruptions. The same coverage applies in the 2021 Division I men's basketball tournament. Nathan Nicholas, CEO of Nicholas Hill Group, a Colorado Springs-based insurance company with groups such as the U.S.A. Cycling and Running U.S.A., said that illness coverage only a year and a half ago was an important issue. "Pandemics," he said, "were a bit of an afterthought," so much so that at least one major provider used to offer free coverage for infectious diseases. 3
The NCAA's insurance payout is perhaps the largest for a pandemic – related event cancellation ever. In April 2020, the organizers of Wimbledon said they would receive $ 141 million to cancel that tournament – about half of their estimated loss. And with pandemic policies largely unavailable or extremely expensive when they can be found, events that did not already cover 2021 could risk economic collapse if they cannot be sustained.
Other companies, including some in the sports industry, have clashed with their insurers over the exact protection of their policies. According to the Covid Coverage Litigation Tracker, a law project at the University of Pennsylvania, companies have filed more than 1,400 civil lawsuits over various types of policies. The specialized insurances, which cover cancellations due to infectious disease outbreaks, have historically hardly been noticed but have proven to be crucial for parts of the sports world to cope with the pandemic. country and you will see a big difference. The Federal Court's selection committee does not release much. 4 Federal courts have dismissed over 90% of COVID's business interruption claims filed since last year. This makes the few who survive movements to dismiss, to the true Cinderella Story. With each new trial that is filed, the appellant takes up a true survival and advance mentality as they wait for their trial to take hold. Each case is on the bubble and risks being knocked out, just like March Madness.
Insurance is usually a cold rational company that tries to anticipate every eventuality and take advantage of it. For the past two decades or so, experts noted, the world has struggled with an assortment of outbreaks that did not lead to an almost total shutdown of sports and businesses worldwide. If pandemics like the current one are seen as an exception to a hundred years, they said, insurance companies are likely to benefit from the policy over the other 99 years.
Total interruption COVID-19 business interruption. claims have so far provided few opportunities for companies seeking financial opportunity to lower the network at the end of the day.
1 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26 /sports/pandemic-insurance-2021-ncaa-sports.html  2 Id.19459009 ]
3  https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ncaa -to-pay-all-613-million-revenue-distribution-to-members-about-ncaa-tournament-completed-in its entirety /
4 https://www.huntonak.com/en/ covid-19-tracker.html