by Sam Hieb
Only logical, argues the N&R (unposted) given the fact that the Gate City is the league headquarters:
No one has calculated what being the site of the league’s headquarters means to the local economy. But the impact is considerable.
“In the last 30 years, what conference you are in has created a lot of leverage for the city that hosts it,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Sport In Society, a center at Northeastern University. It’s a consotium of academic, athletic and monetary power.”
Meanwhile, Bryan Foundation president Jim Melvin counters Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s barb about G’boro’s suitability to host the tournament compared to NYC:
“It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to go to Greensboro than it is to New York. I think the ACC is beginning to think about that in respect to its fans.
I guess the question is how much longer there will be a tournament, period. The way I see it, grouping everyone into super conferences is now the perfect excuse to expand the NCAA Tournament, making conference tournaments expendable.