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Big Ten Conference releases COVID-19 forfeiture policy

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren speaks about the cancellation of the men's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 12, 2020. The Big Ten released its COVID-19 cancellation policies Monday.
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren speaks about the cancellation of the men's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 12, 2020. The Big Ten released its COVID-19 cancellation policies Monday.

The Big Ten Conference announced its COVID-19 forfeiture policy for 2021-22 in a press release Monday.

If a team is unable to play in a scheduled conference event due to COVID-19 issues, that team will forfeit the matchup, which will be a loss for that team and a win for its opponent, according to the policy. The matchup will not be rescheduled.

If both teams competing against one another in a conference event are unable to participate due to COVID-19 issues the matchup shall be considered a “no-contest” if the matchup is unable to be rescheduled, according to the policy.

If a team is unable to compete in a conference competition involving three or more teams which affects conference standings due to COVID-19 issues that team will be made to forfeit the competition. The competition will count as a loss for the affected team and a win for its opponents, according to the policy.

If the conference competition involving three or more teams does not affect conference standings or there are no conference standings for the sport, no further action will be taken aside from the loss for the affected team, according to the policy.

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