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Should Madison Square Garden Be Choosing the Big East Over the ACC? (CBS Sports - September 25, 2012)

The deadline to bid for the 2016-21 ACC's men's basketball tournaments has passed and Madison Square Garden did not submit a bid, sources told ESPN.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn also did not submit a bid.

My immediate reaction is genuine shock over the Barclays Center not submitting a bid when it had an open window. That's the new arena in Brooklyn that's the new home of the Brooklyn Nets.

I know the Atlantic 10 has designs on getting into the Barclays Center every year from now until the unforeseeable future, but no question the ACC would be a bigger overall draw in New York City.

Yet it doesn't look like that's what's going to happen. Missed opportunity for the ACC here, I think.

Keep it in North Carolina, sure, but why not appease the thousands upon thousands of alumni living in or around the New York City area?

No bid from Barclays?

Weird.


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It is a little weird, but here are a couple of thoughts that can help explain it.

1. Barclays may have thought that the probability the ACC accepting their bid very low.

2. Submitting a bid could annoy A-10 front office. Our conference with its new configuration is still an unknown quantity. There's a chance this conference really makes a lot of noise in the next decade. I'm not saying that the A-10's best case scenario challenges the ACC, but the gulf between the A-10 and Big East could shrink substantially. Maybe Barclay's recognizes this?

3. Maybe in the fine print of the RFP (or whatever its called outside the beltway) the ACC required a lot of concessions that Barclays wasn't willing to make.

4. Or Barclays just dropped the ball. Oops.
 

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Upon closer look, it appears that Matt Norlander didn't do his homework before publishing this:

Should Madison Square Garden Be Choosing the Big East Over the ACC? (Matt Norlander, CBS Sports - September 25, 2012)

The deadline to bid for the 2016-21 ACC's men's basketball tournaments has passed and Madison Square Garden did not submit a bid, sources told ESPN.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn also did not submit a bid.

I know the Atlantic 10 has designs on getting into the Barclays Center every year from now until the unforeseeable future, but no question the ACC would be a bigger overall draw in New York City.

Missed opportunity for the ACC here, I think.
Matt -

Did you even think to call Barclays Center and ask them if they were already booked for March 2016 and March 2017 ?

(1) March 2013
(2) March 2014
(3) March 2015
(4) March 2016
(5) March 2017


A-10, Barclays Center Form Partnership; Bring A-10 Championship To Brooklyn (Atlantic10.com - September 28, 2011)

The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that it has formed a five-year partnership with the Barclays Center to bring the A-10 men's basketball tournament to Brooklyn and the new arena, beginning in 2013.

NEW YORK -- The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that it has formed a five-year partnership with the Barclays Center to bring the A-10 men's basketball tournament to Brooklyn and the new arena, beginning in 2013. The joint announcement was made Wednesday afternoon at the Barclays Center Showroom in Manhattan, N.Y.

It will mark the first time the A-10 Championship, which sends its champion to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, will be held in metropolitan New York City and the first time it will be played in a state-of-the-art new facility.

"The opportunity to partner with the Barclays Center and bring the Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship to New York has unlimited possibilities. Our teams will compete in the newest, state-of-the-art facility within the Atlantic 10 footprint and the number-one media market in the country," stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.

Currently under construction, the Barclays Center will be a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue and the future home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. The Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena. The last time the Atlantic 10 Tournament was in an NBA building was in 2002 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

"We are thrilled for the Barclays Center to play host to one of men's basketball's most prestigious conference tournaments," Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said.

"We appreciate our alliance with the Atlantic 10 as we position the Barclays Center as a significant national collegiate sports venue."


Matt Norlander's article reeks of shoddy journalism.

 

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How long is the A-10's contract with the Barclays?
I believe it is five years which might explain why they di not bid for the ACC. There looks like there might be an overlap at the beginning (years 2016 and 2017).
 

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Muddy, most of the ACC (read: Duke fans) fans in that area are in New Jersey, not New York. They'd be better served bidding for the Prudential Center if they wanted to play in metro New York badly enough.

That said, I really don't see what the ACC has to gain by playing too often away from sites like Greensboro and Charlotte. Tickets used to be such a hot item for that tournament to a point where Carolina fans were becoming boosters of OTHER programs just to get their hands on ACC Tournament tickets.
 

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Unlimited Possibilities for A-10 Basketball

Barclays Center Opening Provides Endless Opportunities for Conference


When the announcement of a five-year partnership was made in September of 2011, Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said: "The opportunity to partner with the Barclays Center and bring the Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship to New York has unlimited possibilities. Our teams will compete in the newest, state-of-the-art facility within the Atlantic 10 footprint and the number-one media market in the country."

“Unlimited possibilities” means A-10 teams have the opportunity to play on the largest stage in the world like never before. It means the conference has the chance to grow the annual championship into a must-go event and not just a four-day tournament.

http://www.atlantic10.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/092612aab.html
 
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