>Expanding The NCAA Tournament

17 Mar

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Expanding the NCAA Tournament has been a hot topic lately.  What is the intent in doing so?  If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.  Right?

M-O-N-E-Y.  It’s as simple as that.  I don’t really have an issue with expansion.  It makes complete sense for a business to look to increase revenue. The NCAA, athletic conferences, and coaches can fill their pockets and we get a few more games to watch.

It’s a win-win scenario. Especially if we add  more mid-majors in the mix to try to create additional opportunities for the little guys.  This could give my Cards a greater chance of dancing. CHIRP! CHIRP!  Maybe I wouldn’t have to adopt a team to follow anymore.

The problem is, no one will come out and admit this is the sole reason. We hear talk about allowing more deserving teams in the tournament. Coach K even thought outside of the sport.

The NCAA has to look at, for the good of all college sports, what might be there. That’s a part of the equation. I don’t think it’s the only part, but it is part of the equation, how do you make enough money to fund all the things that you want to fund? If you just looked at basketball, singularly, you wouldn’t have to make that decision on it because we make enough to fund ourselves, but it’s about funding everything else.

The majority of coaches would absolutely love it.  Thirty-two more bids equals job security in their eyes.  Right, Coach Dambrot (Akron)?

Our jobs are hard, man. It’s tough to win and harder to be good every year. And even if you are good and you don’t make the tournament, people say, ‘Well, he’s no good.

Where is all the talk about the STUDENT athlete?  Expanding to ninety-six teams surely results in additional travel for these scholars.  Why haven’t I heard anything about how the extra travel will hinder the players’ academic pursuits?  That Bunsen burner isn’t going to light itself in the biology lab.   It’s funny how this seems to be a factor for not creating a playoff in football, but no one seems to feel this is an issue in basketball.

I won’t let them pull the wool over my eyes.  Just give it to me straight.  I’ll respect you more for it, NCAA.  I promise.

Most people are smart enough to see this for what it is, a money grab.  It’s okay. I’ll gladly watch more games, and buy more tickets because its an exciting product.   Just don’t insult my limited intelligence trying to convince me it is about anything else besides extra cash.

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6 Responses to “>Expanding The NCAA Tournament”

  1. Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    >AD – very few universities respect the term "student athlete" anymore. Yes, they say they do but their actions do little to prove this. Not only would the NCAA cash in on this expansion, individual universities would as well. Don't let anyone fool anyone with this – always has been and will be about the money – on all sides! I heard a great idea this morning – have more play-in games instead of the one that is listed. Who knows…..

  2. Brandon March 17, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    >I just wonder how many mid majors would benefit from the expansion or would the selection take 10-11 teams from the big east and other power conferences. I do like the idea of if they expand give an automatic bid to regular season champions and then tourney champ. You have mid majors winning 26 games losing in their conf tourney and not getting into the big dance.

  3. Aminal Krakers March 17, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    >It's very clear that some teams' feelings are getting hurt. Let's give everyone a participation trophy, invite them to the tourney and we can all go out for pizza afterwards! Isn't the tourney just a reward for completing the regular season anyway?

  4. Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    >I am completely opposed to the expansion, but I heard Doug Gottlieb explain it a little differently this morning. Since the NCAA owns the rights to the NIT, they would just take the 32 teams that play in the NIT and they would become the additional teams to make up the 96. Therefore, the new super tourney is just a combination of the NCAA and NIT tournaments as we know them now. I still dont like the idea, but the NCAA is basically saying that they can make more money from a 96 team NCAA tourney than two seperate tounaments.

  5. nick March 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    >Why doesn't everyone talk about the real issue here: money!First off, I've heard a lot of dissent about the 96-team idea by ESPN commentators over the last few days. However, ESPN doesn't have TV rights to the NCAA tourney, CBS does. If the NCAAs goes to 96 teams, ESPN might lose out on the NIT. Not surprisingly, ESPN is pushing the idea of having 4 play-in games between the last 4 in and the last 4 out (and they are pushing it as a 1-day event in Dayton). And guess what? ESPN currently broadcasts the play-in round in Dayton. This change benefits…ESPN!On the other hand…we currently have a 65-team NCAA field, and those games get national TV audiences. We then have a 32-team NIT field, and those games get regional audiences. If the NCAA were to take the NIT games (which are already being played…they already exist!!!), and make them feed into the National Championship tournament (which comes down to drawing some lines to connect the NCAA and NIT brackets), then suddenly the NIT games (which are already being played…they already exist!!!) have a national audience, resulting in more TV revenue.And of course, the losers of that first round can still play out the NIT as a losers bracket for the NCAAs. Oh yes, and the NCAA owns the NIT (which they bought out a few years ago…I wonder why?). So my question is…how can the NCAA say no to all that revenue just sitting out there waiting to be made? I don't know about anyone else, but I have been itching to watch college hoops the last few days, and I'm loving the NIT games right now. The gap from Selection Sunday to Thursday of Round One is ripe for some play-in-palooza, so bring it on!

  6. Dee Wayne March 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    >I love how we can't do a Football playoff because of missed class time, but we can add one more week to the NCAA tourney, apparently basketball players don't need to go to class.

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