NCAA VP talks pushing season, tournament back a month

Many college basketball fans have suggested starting the season later in recent years, and for various reasons. Chief among them is to distance the game from competing with college football and the NFL.

In a recent conversation with College Hotline’s Jon Wilner, NCAA men’s basketball VP Dan Gavitt expressed that such a scenario is worth considering, saying, ‘there are merits.’

Common among the suggestions is starting the season in December, to take advantage of the break in college football for bowl season. As a result conference play would start after the Super Bowl and the NCAA Tournament would likely take place in late April and early May.

In the article Gavitt highlights the obstacles in the way of such a plan, such as competing with MLB for advertising dollars and a lack of facilities. Having the tournament in March doesn’t force the NCAA to compete for ad money and makes it easier to reserve NBA and NHL arenas for the games. If the tournament were to take place a month later, it would coincide with the playoffs for both sports. According to Gavitt, 70% of the arenas to be used in the next three years are home to either an NBA or NHL team.

Gavitt did say that there are those in the NCAA who thinks the idea is, ‘worthy of consideration,’ but for now it doesn’t look likely.

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