Sixteen Schools Committ To '17 Tourney To Honor Phil Knight's 80th Birthday
Michigan State AD Mark Hollis on Thursday said that he has "secured commitments from 16 schools to participate in a two-tournament men's basketball event" in '17 in honor of Nike Founder & Chair Phil Knight's 80th birthday. The two eight-team tourneys are to be played in Portland, Ore., in November ahead of Knight's birthday on Feb. 24, 2018. Hollis said that the event "isn't driven by Knight or Nike, but rather by the schools' athletic directors." ESPN Senior VP/College Programming Burke Magnus said that ESPN is "interested in televising it" (ESPN.com, 8/16).
SCHOOLS COMMITTED TO EVENT IN '17