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ACC Goes With Status Quo For Basketball Tournament Venues Despite Expansion
Published October 18, 2012
GARDEN PARTY: Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco yesterday announced that the conference has "signed a 10-year contract extension with Madison Square Garden, ensuring that it's most visible event will stay in the home it's enjoyed for the last 30 years." Aresco said, "To have this tournament here, long into the future, at the Garden is huge. I think it makes a real statement about our conference. About what our conference is, about what it's going to be. That's where we belong." In Newark, Brendan Prunty notes the deal "cements the Garden as the league's postseason home for men's basketball until 2025-26." The agreement is "critical to the Big East, which has seen its ranks pilfered by the Atlantic Coast Conference since the beginning of last September." Aresco "called it 'among the first' tasks he wanted to accomplish when he took over the commissioner's chair on Sept. 1." While Swofford last month said that MSG was "out of the equation" for a potential ACC tournament site, the Big East "couldn't take the chance of letting its last basketball-based property be snatched away." Aresco: "We weren't thinking about any other conference, we just were thinking about the Big East. And what would be good for the Big East and what would be good for the Garden" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 10/18).