KU-Mizzou Hoops Game Raises North Of $1.75M For Hurricane Relief
Yesterday's Missouri-Kansas charity hoops exhibition at Sprint Center included Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin and AD Jim Sterk, alongside KU coach Bill Self and AD Sheahon Zenger, presenting a $1.75M check to five charities that will "provide funds for hurricane relief." Fans could also "stream the game on pay-per-view for $40, an effort that itself raised $646,240" (Columbia MISSOURIAN, 10/23). There was a "reported 18,951 filling the Sprint Center" and "more than that watching from outside the arena at KC Live in the Power and Light District" (COLUMBIATRIBUNE.com, 10/22). The "sold-out event brought in an estimated" $1.1M in ticket sales (K.C. STAR, 10/23).
Self and Martin after the game addressed their schools being in the midst of a "five-year hiatus from one of the best rivalries in college sports." Martin: "Of course we’d love to play. But I think both sides have to agree upon something like that. You saw the energy behind it. We’ll see." Self: "We’re gonna do what’s best for us. We’re not interested in doing what’s best for Missouri or best for Missouri fans. But if it’s best for us to play ’em, we will" (LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD, 10/23).