Colleges

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. 

79 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • dave437 Mar 15, 2014

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

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 15, 2014

    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, 2014

    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, 2014

    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, 2014

    It just isn't natural.

  • bigfella Mar 14, 2014

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

  • cjw6105 Mar 14, 2014

    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, 2014

    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

  • Eq Videri Mar 14, 2014

    View quoted thread



    Moving the tourney, or expanding?

  • vt94hokies Mar 14, 2014

    Terrible decision!!!!!!!

More...

 

 

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NBA: Dallas at Portland

    Tonight at 9:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Minnesota

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
Final
TAM 2
BAL 3
 
Final
PIT 1
NYY 2
 
Final
HOU 6
PHI 3
 
Final
MIA 1
STL 4
 
Final
SFG 8
CHC 6
 
Final
CIN 3
CLE 9
 
Final
CWS 1
LOS 6
 
Final
ANA 3
MIL 2
 
Final
CHC 2
OAK 2
 
Final
SEA 9
SDP 4
 
Final
KAN 5
TEX 4
 
Final
ARI 4
COL 3
 
Final
WAS 5
NYM 4
 
6th
MIN 8
BOS 8
 
8th
BAL 5
TOR 0
 
Half
CHI 48
OKC 50
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
DAL
Final
MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
Final
SIENA 71
NIAG 54
Final
LEH 62
AMER 68
 
Final
SCAR 74
ARK 78
 
Final
LAF 89
BU 64
 
Final
PETE 63
FAIR 33
 
1st OT
BUCK 84
HC 77
 
Final
UNF 71
LIP 57
 
Final
TENNM 65
MORE 76
 
Final
COL 72
NAVY 62
 
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
Final
FATL 62
UAB 59
 
Final
FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
1st OT
CHAR 84
WKENT 86
 
Final
MINN 63
WISC 76
Final
MIZST 48
SILL 55
 
2nd
COPST 73
DELST 83
 
Final
FIU 59
MTST 54
 
2nd
HAMP 53
NORST 63
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
2nd
COOK 55
SCST 44
 
2nd
APP 59
TXST 56
 
2nd
GSOUT 68
TXARL 58
 
2nd
LAMON 31
UGST 28
 
2nd
ODU 46
MARS 36
 
2nd
TXSA 56
RICE 59
 
Half
FAM 23
SAV 28
 
2nd
LATU 47
SMISS 33
 
1st
JST 25
ALAAM 11
 
1st
GRAM 4
ALAST 14
 
1st
TXSOU 27
ALCOR 17
 
Half
NICST 40
CARK 24
 
Half
TAMCC 46
HOUB 29
 
Half
NARZ 22
PORST 23
 
1st
LAM 10
SHSU 9
 
Half
ARKST 33
SALA 47
 
1st
PVU 11
SOUTH 9
 
1st
LALAF 26
ARKLR 20
 
1st
NO 19
SELA 15
 
9:00pm Tonight
INCWORD
ABCHRIST
 
9:00pm Tonight
MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
1st
ARZ 16
CAL 12
 
1st
WASH 6
COL 20
 
1st
WEBER 15
IDAHO 11
 
1st
UCONN 9
MEM 22
 
1st
UTEP 16
UNT 13
 
1st
STEPH 21
NWST 16
 
1st
SUTAH 11
SACST 17
 
1st
DAVID 14
VCU 4
 
1st
IDST 19
EWASH 22
 
1st
QUIN 6
MAR 3
 
1st
BEL 5
EILL 0
 
9:35pm Tonight
DRAK
BRAD
10:00pm Tonight
LBSU
CSNO
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCI
CSFU
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCD
UCR
 
11:00pm Tonight
ARST
STAN
11:00pm Tonight
WASU
UTAH
3rd
BOS 3
CAL 3
 
3rd
WAS 1
MIN 2
 
3rd
PHI 2
STL 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 3
DAL 2
 
2nd Intermission
TAM 2
TOR 1
 
2nd
NAS 1
NYI 2
 
1st
ARI 0
VAN 0
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
MON