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Madison Square Garden Looks To Restore Buzz In College Hoops

Madison Square Garden (MSG) VP/Sports Joel Fisher confirmed that MSG "is in the process of implementing an aggressive and comprehensive plan that will once again have the city and college basketball fans across the country buzzing about college hoops," according to Lenn Robbins of the N.Y. POST. St. John's Univ. "has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will have the Red Storm playing a minimum of seven home games in the Garden." Meanwhile, St. John's and Fordham Univ. "have agreed to an annual home and home arrangement" in which every game will be played at MSG. MSG announced an 11-year extension of its deal to host the Big East Conference Tournament, and sources said that there is "a verbal agreement" for a ten-year extension for MSG to continue to host the Ikon Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Fisher said that "discussions are underway" with A-10, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference and America East officials "about a Final Four-like tournament involving the champions from each league playing the following year." Robbins wrote that Fisher "also has plans to bring marquee national games" to MSG (N.Y. POST, 3/11).

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