Quote of the Day
"Let me say this as plainly as possible. I intend to keep the WBC alive and rolling as long as I'm commissioner."-- MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, on the quadrennial tournament that is beginning its fourth iteration this week. (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/7)
The ACC Tournament tips off today, marking the first time the conference traveled "above the Mason-Dixon Line" for the "start of a two-year run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn," according to Marc Tracy of the N.Y. TIMES. The conference "saw a need to plant its flag" in N.Y. as part of the "great game of conference realignment." The ACC added Syracuse in '13 and is "competing in the area not only with traditionally Northeastern leagues but also the Big Ten," which next year will "end its season early in order to play its tournament" at MSG the week before the Big East does. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said the tournament at Barclays will "only enhance" the conference's brand and "help develop even more new ways to meet new basketball fans. ...
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