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SBD/May 6, 2014/Events and Attractions
Capitol Gains: Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Headed To DC For '17 Event
Published May 6, 2014
AT THE JUMP: In DC, Alex Prewitt noted the Big Ten yesterday announced the creation of the Dave Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pits its teams against those from the Big East. Though the matchups "will be decided based on relative competitive strength and not geographical location, the partnership nonetheless opens the door for Maryland to play Georgetown, a local rivalry that has not occurred since 2008 because of spats between the two athletic departments." After Georgetown "rebuffed Maryland’s efforts to reestablish a home-and-home men’s basketball series two years ago," UM AD Kevin Anderson "decided against scheduling Georgetown in any other sport until the situation was resolved" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/5). In Providence, Kevin MacNamara writes the new series is a "coup for the Big East." Having a friend in Delany "can only help," and with the college sports world "rapidly moving toward a model dominated by the Big Five major college football leagues, Delany may be the chief power broker." Now sitting on "piles of cash, Delany is pushing for a college sports future with more games on TV, and football and basketball players getting stipends." Delany "sees a place for non-football conferences such as the Big East in the future landscape." Delany: "I don't cut anybody in or cut anybody out. That's not what I do. What we do is compete and play" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 5/6).