NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — No Syracuse. No Pittsburgh. No Notre Dame. No Cincinnati. No Louisville. No UConn. No West Virginia.
No, the Big East Tournament does not have the luster that it once did with those schools now in other conferences.
But another major conference tournament appears to be coming to New York City.
According to The New York Times, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will host the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament in 2017 and 2018. The tournament is currently played in Greensboro, N.C.
Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported earlier on Friday that the Atlantic Coast Conference was finalizing the details of a multi-year agreement that would put the ACC Tournament at Barclays Center.
Thamel reported that the deal was expected to be complete by the end of March.
The tourney will be played in Greensboro, N.C., next year and in Washington D.C. in 2016.
The ACC Tournament can’t come to Madison Square Garden, as MSG has a deal in place to host the Big East Tournament through 2026.
But no MSG doesn’t mean no New York City for the ACC.
“It wasn’t Madison Square Garden or else,” an official at an ACC school told SI.com. “People are enthralled with Barclays Center. If The Garden is locked up, so be it. I don’t think (Barclays Center) is a warm-up act. It’s a hell of a facility.”
What about the Atlantic 10 Tournament, which is currently being held at Barclays Center? The A-10’s five-year contract with the arena is set to expire in 2017, giving way to the ACC. But a conflict could most definitely arise if the ACC is, as the report states, looking to get to New York for that year’s tournament.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey have been pushing hard for the ACC Tournament to come to New York, SI.com reported.
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