Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Madness Will be Back Next March
By Zach

So, if you've been paying attention to the blog over the last couple of weeks, you would have already known that the NCAA and NIT were in court. I tried to explain some of the history, and tried to argue against what I figured would be the inevitable response from the sports establishment.

Not many details ever emerged about the progress of the civil trial, but as I mentioned in both previous posts, I always figured we'd see both sides reach a settlement. It just made too much sense. The NCAA had too much at stake to risk losing the case, and the NIT just wanted money, they didn't actually want to try and compete with the NCAA tournament.

So today came word that the sides had reached an agreement. Reading the article, you can see that no details of the settlement have been reached, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised to learn that they'd never be released. Of course, I'll be checking with my various sources trying to get some inside info, but no promises. But long story short, it seems likely that March Madness will go on as usual next year.


Blogger David Arnott said...

Andy Katz at ESPN.com reports the NCAA is trying to buy out at least part of the NIT. Why MIBA would do that, unless they see the writing on the wall, that the NCAA will put them completely out of business, is beyond me because being number two must still generate some revenue.

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