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Swofford affirms ACC interest in NYC

Posted May 20, 2013

ACC Commissioner John Swofford reiterated interest Monday in a New York City presence for the conference's men's basketball tournament.

In an interview with Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio, Swofford said, "We do have an interest as a league of having some presence in New York with the tournament and other ways as well."

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The specifics have yet to be worked out, said the "Ninja Commissioner," as he laughed at the nickname given him by media surprised by changes he's managed over the past calendar year.

The ACC Tournament is committed to two more years in Greensboro, and Swofford said he'd want to continue to honor the tradition the conference has established in North Carolina. 

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  • wardjammer22 May 20, 9:34 p.m.

    Swofford is not a ninja, he just happens to be running an org. that is bigger than he is.

  • TsKaMF May 20, 8:48 p.m.

    Raleigh...I know...I know, however, it is central & the tickets are allotted. They could change the floor, etc.
    I'm sure I will catch some sh!t, but the logistics are there...it's a professional sports arena, central location, traffic, airport, lodging, etc.

    Not looking for an e-brawl. I understand the "why nots"

  • Gunnstigator May 20, 7:49 p.m.

    I don't want the ACCT in NYC, ever.

    Still, the fact is anybody who wants John Swofford's head... View More

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    Totally agree. It's either eat or be eaten. Swofford realized that, and took the actions necessary to keep the ACC intact, even expanding it.

  • Gunnstigator May 20, 7:47 p.m.

    Like it or not the reality is that in order to keep the conference from falling apart it was... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    Good points. I don't like it, but you're right. This is just the way it is, and the new teams deserve respect and to be treated fairly. Their fans probably feel the same way we do.

  • Gunnstigator May 20, 7:44 p.m.

    Welcome to the New Big East, folks. Anything to accommodate the incoming former Big East... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    I hear ya, cjw. I had no problem with the ACC being known as a "basketball conference", but... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    I watched very little ACC bball last season and with actions like this if gives me reason to... View More

    — Posted by I am not who you think I am

    I love college basketball too much to ever stop watching. I watched most of the Duke, Carolina, and State games all season long, and I watched every ACCT game. But, I do miss the tradition of the old days. I don't like the current ACC, but I prefer that to seeing the ACC being dismantled with teams going to all different conferences. That would be awful.

  • rushbot May 20, 7:26 p.m.

    have at each school, on a rotating basis..oh wait..that won't work..who knows what the acc will look like then..just imagine what it would be like at cameron i.s.!!

  • hi_i_am_wade May 20, 6:50 p.m.

    I don't want the ACCT in NYC, ever.

    Still, the fact is anybody who wants John Swofford's head isn't thinking clearly. We all lament not having the old ACC. But some of us realize you have to give us your wishes and face reality. If John Swofford didn't expand the ACC, there would be no ACC left, period. The power players from before the first Big East raid -- UNC, Duke, FSU, and Clemson -- would quickly find a home. Followed closely by Maryland and Georgia Tech due to their location. The rest will be forced to settle. John Swofford is called a ninja for a reason, because when others were whispering expansion, he was working on expansion quietly. When others were whispering on the ACC breaking up, we woke up one day and found the ACC got bigger and nobody knew until the day of.

    There would be no ACC without John Swofford. The small conference days are over. Every league is prostituting themselves for money. You either do that or wind up a has-been.

  • Wheelman May 20, 6:47 p.m.

    Like it or not the reality is that in order to keep the conference from falling apart it was necessary to expand it. Would people care much about it if UNC and NCSU had moved to another conference such as the SEC and Duke was in the Big East? I don' think so. So get over the fact that it isn't the ACC that I grew up with. I still remember when USC left the ACC and people were up in arms about that. I've never been to the tournament becasue I don't like crowds and I prefer to watch backetball on TV. We've boasted for decades about how great the ACC is and how great the tournament is. Now lots of conferences have them and some people think ours isn't the best now. It's still MY tournament no matter where it's played. These other schools have left their conferences and rivalries to join ours. They deserve an opportunity to experience what going to the tourney is without having to go hundreds of miles away to do it. I think Greensboro should be the home of the tourney, but it needs to travel around the conference to help make it special to the other member schools as well, not just to NYC. They are going to be contributing to keeping the conference alive and the premiere basketball conference and it's now their conference as well. It's time to treat them like they're part of the family.

  • Sauras69 May 20, 6:42 p.m.

    I can see changing locations periodically, but it should be thought out so that one particular city doesn't take over.

  • iron fist May 20, 6:32 p.m.

    Greensboro is a horrible location already, this should be in downtown Charlotte or Raleigh if... View More

    — Posted by oscarb

    not Raleigh

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