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ACC, A-10 strike deal to get ACC Tournament to New York

Posted March 14, 2014

— In its quest to play on the country's biggest stage, the Atlantic Coast Conference is finalizing plans to move its postseason tournament to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The move, signaled for months by Commissioner John Swofford, was reported Friday morning by Sports Illustrated.

"We have a different footprint now, so moving to the north, like New York, is probably in the future," Swofford told Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 99.9 FM The Fan Wednesday. "They have amazing facilities there, but it depends on their availabilities."

The ACC has solid plans to play in Greensboro once more – in 2015 – and a commitment to play the 2016 ACC Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. But it has been no secret that the recent and ongoing round of tournament realignment would mean long-term changes to some ACC traditions.

Madison Square Garden is locked in a contract with the Big East, so the Barclays Center is the obvious next target. In Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 has a five-year deal that runs through 2017.

"Eager understates the ACC's desire to get to New York," said David Teel, who covers college basketball at the (Hampton Roads, Va.) Daily Press.

He explained Friday morning to Adam and Joe how the ACC convinced the A-10 to give up that final year and cede the NYC spotlight.

"What the ACC has proposed is a series of regular-season doubleheaders at the Barclays Center between the two conferences which would be good for both parties but especially the Atlantic 10," Teel said, noting the higher visibility and neutral court of a New York City game.

"It also sends ACC teams to the Barclays during the regular season to get a feel for the building where you are going to contest your conference championship," he said.

A-10 teams would also benefit from the RPI and strength-of-schedule boost playing upper-echelon ACC teams could bring.

Teel pointed to Washington, D.C., as a "very sensible" location for any future A-10 tournament. The conference includes two D.C.-area teams, George Washington and George Mason, along with Virginia Commonwealth University and  Richmond whose fans could make the quick trip to the nation's capital. 

Swofford was not speaking on the record about the deal Friday, and SI reported only that that A-10 presidents and athletic directors were meeting to "discuss the future of their postseason tournament."

The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. 

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  • dave437 Mar 15, 6:18 a.m.

    The AP has Virginia at No.6 and Duke at No.7....

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 15, 6:02 a.m.

    Most New Yorkers don't pull for college because they don't have a school that's worth a you know what. Syracuse is upstate NY and that doesn't matter because they don't consider upstate NY. Have a co worker from long island and he pulls for duke. Now what since does that make? Agree with a earlier post, UVA won the regular season, but Duke is ranked higher?

  • 37 Mar 14, 7:57 p.m.

    There are zero schools near NYC. The closest is four hours away. This doesn't move the tourney to the fans, it makes it more difficult and expensive for fans.

  • dukefan99 Mar 14, 7:51 p.m.

    I agree with all those posts that lament the money-grubbing "leaders" of the ACC (or what used to be the ACC). It's just too bad that money is the god they follow. Who cares if Syracuse packs them in?! What the heck is a conference that stretches from Florida to New York to Kentucky? That's not a conference, it's a super-regional sprawl more akin to something one might see in the NCAA tourney. As far as I'm concerned the ACC is dead. So long, old friend.

  • WakkaWakka Mar 14, 7:43 p.m.

    It just isn't natural.

  • bigfella Mar 14, 6:55 p.m.

    Get ready to lose tons of $$ Swofford. One of the worst decisions in your tenure.

  • cjw6105 Mar 14, 4:01 p.m.

    This proposed move is the ultimate insult and shaft to the real ACC fan, the one who has supported this league and rooted for its teams for so many years like I have.

    Never again will I pull for another ACC team in ANY sport, except for the team my money goes to (NC State). We have allowed a bunch of money-hungry suits to take over what was once the nation's most successful conferences, and ruin it with expansion and now elimination of its tradition.

    And now that it appears my school won't be allowed to continue its long-term rivalries and the basketball tourney will leave Greensboro at least part if not most of the time, I will have to re-think whether or not I want to continue to buy football and basketball tickets like I have for over 20 years.

    I think London would be more suitable than NYC for our ACCT. Let's just price everybody out.

  • lyteoflife Mar 14, 3:51 p.m.

    Too bad those who actually GO to and Pay to WATCH the games do not like this decision!!! Keep in more centralized! Too many pockets and big heads involved apparently! Too bad know one cared about the fans...ummm, you make no money without the fans

  • SaysWhoNC Mar 14, 3:47 p.m.

    Terrible decision!!!!!!!

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    Moving the tourney, or expanding?

  • vt94hokies Mar 14, 3:43 p.m.

    Terrible decision!!!!!!!

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