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."
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.
I don't want the ACCT in NYC, ever.- Posted by hi_i_am_wade
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.
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.- Posted by Wheelman
- Posted by I am not who you think I am- Posted by jgunnWelcome to the New Big East, folks. Anything to accommodate the incoming former Big East schools! We just bumped 3 of our ACC member schools out of next season's ACC-Big Ten Challenge just to show how hospitable we can be. So bumping Greensboro out of hosting the ACCT won't be a big deal either.- Posted by cjw6105
Thanks to Swofford's league expansion, the ACCT is about to become a dreadful 5-day event that will not sell tickets in Greensboro, Charlotte, or anywhere else they put it unless it goes to the Big Apple. Most of the ACC teams' fan bases will be priced out of the ACCT when it goes to NYC. But does Swofford care?
Any NYC venue will require a long-term commitment from the ACCT, which would probably be at least 4 or 5 years at a time. And as long as Atlanta and Charlotte remain in the mix, you may not see the ACCT back in Greensboro for 15 or 20 years.
Before they EVER agreed to expanding the ACC beyond 9 teams, ACC officials should have made Greensboro the permanent home of the ACCT.
ACC officials, in their eagerness to enhance ACC football, may end up damaging the league's primary sport, basketball. Big Money may sell more tournament tickets or more bowl tickets, but can Big Money sell season tickets? And these will be season tickets for games against many teams that ACC fans couldn't care less about seeing.
Many of us will simply hand in our season tickets in exchange for a newer big-screen tv and sit home and watch. That's what ESPN wants anyway, right?
I hear ya, cjw. I had no problem with the ACC being known as a "basketball conference", but that wasn't what the powers-that-be had in mind. I don't have the coin to make a trip up to NYC for the Tourney, so, yeah, I'll be home watching on TV. I don't think the new teams would have been happy if the ACCT was permanently held in Greensboro, and I don't begrudge that opinion. I'm old school, and I liked the ACC the way it was: a southern-centric, nine team conference, round robin in basketball, schools playing each other every year in football. That was then, this is now. It doesn't mean I have to like it, though.
I watched very little ACC bball last season and with actions like this if gives me reason to watch even less.
It's reminds me of NASCAR..expansion for the sake of expansion without listening to its core fan base