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WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR: ATTENDANCE RECORD, COULD DATES BE MOVED?
Published March 31, 1998
One idea being discussed by the NCAA women's basketball committee is holding their season-ending tournament a week or two before it currently is held, according to Doug Tucker of the AP. That schedule, or a week or two later, "wouldn't conflict as much with the men's tournament." Any such change "would be a few years away, though, and ESPN would have to be involved in the discussions." ESPN holds rights to the event through 2002 (AP/Bergen RECORD, 3/30). AT THE GATE: Final attendance at the NCAA women's Final Four tournament in K.C. was 17,976 for both the semifinals and final. This year's tournament broke the women's all- time record, as a total of 285,428 spectators attended all sessions of the tournament, topping the previous mark of 280,494 set in '94 (AP/Bergen RECORD, 3/30). ON TV: Friday's NCAA women's Final Four on ESPN earned a 1.3 rating, down from a 1.9 last year (N.Y. TIMES, 3/31). CBS Sports President Sean McManus: "It's unfortunate there isn't some way to provide network coverage for the women's championship. Because there is a perception if you're only on ESPN, it can't be a major event" (USA TODAY, 3/31).