The ACC on
Occasional ACC tournaments in New York? The conference and the city's two NBA arenas are intrigued.
Moving the ACC championship game from Sunday afternoon back to Saturday night? Also possible.
Commissioner John Swofford addressed those topics during an interview prior to Saturday's tournament semifinals at Greensboro Coliseum.
His most definitive remarks were about the ACC taking over the
"It's likely that we will be part of Big Monday," Swofford said. "I think fans can anticipate that."
With the ACC retaining its Sunday night package on
"I don't know that it would be six days every week," Swofford said. "Certainly in some weeks."
The Big East’s move to Fox also opens ESPN’s prime-time Saturday championship game window. The final Big East title game on ESPN, between
“That would be going back to the future, if you will, because ironically we moved to a championship day on Sunday afternoon (in 1983) for television and exposure,” said Swofford, then the athletic director at
"We're comfortable with what we're doing now. Of course, some of these developments (with the Big East) are fairly recent."
As fans’ obsession with the
Watch SportsCenter on Sunday night and see how long you have to wait on ACC highlights. Odds are you'll see endless bracket dissection first.
Swofford disagrees with the “gets lost” premise but said league officials have discussed whether a Saturday conclusion would allow the
“(But) I think our game, and others (the
With the arrival of Syracuse,
"There are pros and cons in either direction," Swofford said. "Class time, the closeness to end of regular season. We play some Sunday games on that closing weekend, and I would not anticipate that changing."
Nor does Swofford anticipate ACC schools, even with the new northern presence, severing the tournament's North Carolina (49 of 60 tournaments in the state) ties. But the conference's interest in occasionally taking the event north of the Mason-Dixon Line for the first time is well-documented.
The ACC and Greensboro are contracted for the 2014 and '15 tournaments, with Jim Boeheim's table at Denny's reserved. The conference could award the 2016-21 events as early as this spring, with Greensboro, Charlotte, Tampa, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., past destinations all, the other possible venues.
"There's no loss of advice about what we should do with our tournament," Swofford said. "The roots and tradition and history of the tournament are here and in Charlotte more than anywhere else. I don't see our schools walking away from that aspect. …
“(But) we should look at New York. I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t look at New York. What that ultimately means, it’s just too early to know. There’s some interest there, I don’t think there’s any question about that, from (Madison Square Garden and the
As I type, Greensboro Coliseum is electric as
But a conference that includes
"It would be pricier," Swofford said of New York. "But it's also the media center of the world and an exciting city to be in, and I suspect a lot of people would enjoy periodically visiting New York City for this quality of basketball tournament."
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