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Cowboys Stadium Could Host Four Simultaneous Games Next Year To Start CBB Season
Published December 7, 2012
DREAMING BIG: Hollis said that the project "revolved around three primary goals: Doing something positive in North Texas to launch the season that will end there, doing something positive for NCAA basketball and doing something to recognize and honor members of the armed forces." He added that he is "evaluating the financial feasibility and TV potential, including looking at the difficulties related to broadcasting four games at once at the same venue" (USA TODAY, 12/7). In Detroit, Joe Rexrode notes the "hope is for a crowd of about 60,000 -- 30,000 troops and 30,000 paid customers" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/7). Hollis: "I just had a vision after looking down on the venue ... everything is big in Texas. But by no means is it a done deal. Is it possible? Yes" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/7).
NOT SO FAST: NBCSPORTS.com's Rob Dauster wrote the idea "is a bit too much." Nevermind the "fact that whistles on court one will make players stop on court two," and "forget that a substitution buzzer on court three could confuse a player on court four who thought he still had five seconds left on the shot clock." Dauster: "We don’t need to dilute the product on the floor just to get some publicity when there is already plenty of attention being paid to the good, quality basketball being played at the beginning of the year" (NBCSPORTS.com, 12/6). The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan said, “This is nothing more than glorified AAU summer basketball! ... I can’t wait until the first ball bounces from one court to the other and (they) have to stop the game to pick it up and throw it back.” The Miami Herald’s Israel Gutierrez said, “I don’t know how pleasant it’s going to be for the fans trying to watch everything at once.” ESPN’s J.A. Adande said, “I’m not concerned about four balls bouncing at once. I’m concerned about four whistles going off at once. That could be the issue, but I’m never going to vote against more basketball” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 12/6).