2010 A-10 Men's Basketball Championship

A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship To Be Aired On CBS Sports Beginning In 2010. The championship format will also change beginning in 2010. Teams 1-12 still make the tourney and the top 4 receive byes. The change is that the opening round games will be played on the campuses of the higher seeds. [URL=http://atlantic10.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/112508aac.html]Link[/URL] I think this is a step in the right direction for the conference in terms of exposure.

Nice! It this the first significant changes since the new Comish started?

Does any other conference do anything like this?

The change is that the opening round games will be played on the campuses of the higher seeds.

Seems like a good idea. Do any other conferences do this?

That could be a good deal for teams 5-8 to get an additional home game that would be televised, generate revenue etc.

Does any other conference do anything like this?

Not to my knowledge. Also I do not remember seing this anywhere, but Charlotte will be hosting the 2009 women’s bball tourney.

From the A10 website.
"THE 2009 A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: Charlotte was selected by Conference athletic directors to host the 2009 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship. The Championship, in its 27th season, will tip-off on Friday, March 6 and conclude on Monday, March 9. The top-12 teams in the league qualify for the tournament with four teams receiving first round byes. The quarterfinals will be played on March 7 and the two semifinal matchups will take place on Sunday, March 8 and will be televised by CBS College Sports. The Championship game will be played on Monday, March 9 with the winner receiving the league’s automatic berth into the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Xavier is back-to-back defending Atlantic 10 Champions."

Is CBS Sports a different station than CBS?

Is CBS Sports a different station than CBS?

I believe it is the new name for CSTV.

I can see some benefits from this, but if you actually want to go to the tournament it gets dicey. If you are playing in the first two rounds but not hosting then you have to make last minute travel plans to the other city because seedings often come down to the last day’s games.

Having been to conference tournaments where we lost our first game and you spend the next couple of days going to see the other teams play kind of sucks. You know what is worse? Committing to go to the tournament (last two rounds) only to lose in the first two and not even have your team make the trip. I think that this plan could drive down ticket sales and only the top couple of teams will get their fans to travel.

I guess that we will see.

[QUOTE=upperdeck;364944]Does any other conference do anything like this?[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE]The Southland Conference’s Men’s Basketball Tournament began in 1981, with the winner of the tournament receiving the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

From 1981 to 2001, the first round of the tournament took place at the higher seed, with the remaining rounds at a set location. In 2002, the Southland changed the format to play games at the campus of sites of each higher seed, during every round of the tournament. This was changed again in 2007, the first year that the conference selected a neutral site for all rounds of the tournament.[/QUOTE]

Southland has done it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southland_Conference_Men’s_Basketball_Tournament

Also, appears that the MAC has done it before http://www.mac-sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9400&ATCLID=741769

The main change is that the final will be on CBS (not CBS College Sports) and the final will be moved to Sunday. And of course the home games for the 5-8 seeds in the first round, but I’m almost positive those won’t be nationally televised, unless the network decides to pick it up themselves.

The main change is that the final will be on CBS (not CBS College Sports) and the final will be moved to Sunday. And of course the home games for the 5-8 seeds in the first round, but I'm almost positive those won't be nationally televised, unless the network decides to pick it up themselves.

So it will be a Friday, Saturday, Sunday tourney in AC, with the 1st round being played when (Monday or Tuesday) at the higher seeds home gym.

I like Fri - Sun better, makes it easier to commit to going knowing you only have to use 1 vacation day.

[QUOTE=Ninerballin;364971]The main change is that the final will be on CBS (not CBS College Sports)[/QUOTE]

Are we sure about this? The release is vague.

I would hope that we finish top 4 and get a bye consistently, but if we don’t, I love the idea of home court advantage at Halton Arena. Hopefully the tourney doesn’t fall on spring break, like it usually does.

Attendence figures for the first games would go up tremendously, and I’m sure the A10 would get a good portion of that, with the school getting a little bonus too.

[QUOTE=JoeSixPack;364970]Southland has done it.

Also, appears that the MAC has done it before.[/QUOTE]

As well as the Horizon. No new ground being broken here.

I would hope that we finish top 4 and get a bye consistently, but if we don't, I love the idea of home court advantage at Halton Arena. Hopefully the tourney doesn't fall on spring break, like it usually does.

Attendence figures for the first games would go up tremendously, and I’m sure the A10 would get a good portion of that, with the school getting a little bonus too.

That is a good point, I think our spring break is always during the conference tournament. I know it has been every year since 1998.

That would destroy home court attendance, not sure when other A-10 schools schedule their spring break. I wonder if it was something the A-10 people considered?

[QUOTE=NinerAdvocate;364973]Are we sure about this? The release is vague.[/QUOTE]

“The Atlantic 10 also announced a new format for the men’s basketball championship to coincide with the 2010 title game being moved to Sunday on CBS. The new format will continue to see the top 12 teams participate with seeds 1 through 4 receiving an opening round bye; however, the four opening round games will move to the campuses of the higher remaining seeded teams. Winners of each game will advance to the quarterfinals at a site scheduled to be announced later this winter for 2010 and beyond.”

per the Dayton website:

http://daytonflyers.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/112508aaa.html

And yes it is a Friday, Sat., Sun. format:

"The 2010 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will begin on Tuesday, March 9 with opening round play and will continue on Friday, March 12 with four quarterfinal round games. The semifinals will be played the afternoon of Saturday, March 13, with the final tipping off at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 14 on CBS. "

At the same time, the A-10 announced that its championship game will be televised on CBS in 2010, on the final Sunday of the season — the day the NCAA Tournament brackets are revealed. The date of the tournament and championship game has been the subject of occasional debate in recent years. With both the current system (which plays the championship game on Saturday) and the new one revealed today, the A-10 compete with the major conferences for television viewers.

There is an argument to be made that says the Atlantic 10 would in fact get greater exposure if they moved their conference tournament up in the week, so they compete for ratings with smaller conferences like the Missouri Valley. This new agreement makes it clear that new commissioner McGlade thinks the Atlantic 10 can draw viewers even with the ACC and Big East playing simultaneously.

http://www.masslive.com/sports/index.ssf/2008/11/opening_round_of_atlantic_10_t.html

Ballsy, eh? I like.

"The Atlantic 10 also announced a new format for the men's basketball championship to coincide with the 2010 title game being moved to Sunday on CBS. The new format will continue to see the top 12 teams participate with seeds 1 through 4 receiving an opening round bye; however, the four opening round games will move to the campuses of the higher remaining seeded teams. Winners of each game will advance to the quarterfinals at a site scheduled to be announced later this winter for 2010 and beyond."

per the Dayton website:

http://daytonflyers.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/112508aaa.html

And yes it is a Friday, Sat., Sun. format:

"The 2010 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will begin on Tuesday, March 9 with opening round play and will continue on Friday, March 12 with four quarterfinal round games. The semifinals will be played the afternoon of Saturday, March 13, with the final tipping off at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 14 on CBS. "

Casinos combined with basketball, the only perk of the A-10.

Yay you finished 5th, you get to host a conference tourney game (something no conference does) and if you win you get to get on a plane to play somewhere else the next day.

This benefits the top 4 seeds tremendously.

The a10 knows they will not be more than a 4 bid league, it is just too difficult. So you provide the maximum benefit to your top seeds so that your 3rd and 4th teams (who are most likely on the bubble) don’t get an ugly loss going into selection sunday.

[QUOTE=ninerID;364994]Yay you finished 5th, you get to host a conference tourney game (something no conference does) and if you win you get to get on a plane to play somewhere else the next day.

This benefits the top 4 seeds tremendously.

The a10 knows they will not be more than a 4 bid league, it is just too difficult. So you provide the maximum benefit to your top seeds so that your 3rd and 4th teams (who are most likely on the bubble) don’t get an ugly loss going into selection sunday.[/QUOTE]

I love that the championship game is on Sunday on CBS, that is a ballsy move.

[edit] I just caught the TUESDAY opening round language. Tuesday is gonna feel like a play in round. Those byes will be enormous.

Tues - 5-8 vs 9-12 (4 games)
Wed & Thu - travel
Fri - Wed winners versus 1-4 (4 games)
Sat - Semis
Sun- Final