Big Ten men's hoops tourney heads East

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Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

Just one day after news broke about the formation of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Big Ten is making another move to solidify its footprint out East.

The 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the conference will announce Tuesday. This will mark the 20th edition of the tourney and the first time it will be played outside of Indianapolis or Chicago.

[ MORE: Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games ]

The announcement ties in with the Big Ten’s increased presence on the East Coast, beginning with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, which officially join the conference on July 1.

The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be played in Chicago at the United Center, before returning to Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2016.

For full coverage of the news conference from the Verizon Center and individual interviews, watch #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN.

 

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Fredgone on 5/5/2014 @ 7:20pm EDT Said:

Boooo! Bad choice Big Ten. Do games with other conferences, but at least leave the tourney close to most of the schools.

Brad on 5/5/2014 @ 7:35pm EDT Said:

This has to be the most idiotic thing the Big Ten has done..and they have done a lot recently. Don’t they care about their traditional Big ten fans??

Chris on 5/5/2014 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Color me disappointed. Indianapolis is the best city to host a basketball tournament hands down. Don’t mess with a good thing.

Amanda on 5/5/2014 @ 8:48pm EDT Said:

Do the people who made this decision have any idea how expensive it is to travel to DC? This is a very bad idea and very disappointing. I miss the old Big Ten – the one that valued the Midwest and flyover country. Now it just panders to the East Coast like everybody else.

Rodger on 5/5/2014 @ 9:09pm EDT Said:

This is another bonehead move by the BIG Ten Conference Management! It is more idiotic than adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Conference. Why mess with the success that the tournament has had by alternating between Chicago and Indianapolis? The BiG Ten is a Midwest conference in case you knuckleheads that run the BIG Ten have forgotten.

Andrew on 5/5/2014 @ 9:26pm EDT Said:

it’s a great move for me living in Pa. and a Buckeye fan but I agree with the others on here RIDICULOUS. The loss of revenue on the early games will be insane. It will be hard to hide all the empty seats.

Jaime on 5/6/2014 @ 12:15am EDT Said:

It would be just one year and then returning to the Midwest. The surprise was the timing. I thought they would wait longer but I think they wanted to leverage the Gavitt tournament announcement to keep themselves in the news.

eyemsayin on 5/6/2014 @ 1:00am EDT Said:

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4 is what it’s about!

Anne E. Kohls on 5/6/2014 @ 6:49am EDT Said:

Who do they think will attend? It is too far and costly for most to travel there except for Rutgers, Maryland & Penn State.

Sam Roberts on 5/6/2014 @ 7:23am EDT Said:

Are you kidding me? 1,200 miles for Nebraska to travel, 0 miles for Maryland. Three schools within 250 miles, or so, and 3 schools 1,000 miles, or more, away. This is not a bad dream, it is a nightmare!

Chaz on 5/6/2014 @ 7:52am EDT Said:

I always felt it should be in Chicago.

alex moir on 5/6/2014 @ 8:04am EDT Said:

Ridiculous. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Indianapolis is the perfect place to host the tourney, how many Husker fans will be able to stay in DC for a week? Come on Big Ten!

Tyler Grote (@tyler_grote) on 5/6/2014 @ 9:48am EDT Said:

I’m a Maryland alum who works in DC. We are obviously ECSTATIC to have the tournament here. Much of our hatred of the ACC stemmed from the fact that in 60 years in the league, the tournament was held in DC/MD four times. We don’t expect to have it over here every three years, but maybe twice every 8-10 years would be great. Verizon Center is a great arena. I’ve seen fans talk about how in Indy/Chicago they can walk to restaurants and nightlife. Verizon is in Chinatown and right in the center of tons of amazing restaurants and tourist attractions. There is no shortage of fun things to do between games. Granted travel and hotel costs will be expensive for many midwesterners, so I understand that frustration. But this gives the large number of B1G alumni who live in DC and along the 1-95 corridor a chance to see their teams when they wouldn’t normally. I personally work with several B1G alumni – they are everywhere around here!

Nick on 5/6/2014 @ 9:55am EDT Said:

This is asinine. Lets look for a minute at the travel times from B1G cities to DC. E Lansing: 9 hours, W Lafayette: 10hr, Bloomington: 10hr, Chicago: 10.5hr. That leaves out the other half of the B1G that is further than these schools.

The second issue at hand is that the B1G has stressed in the past that attendance is important to them in this event. I don’t see many fans driving 10 hours plus to a tournament that could see their team bounced from on Friday. I understand there are sizable alumni bases in the DC area, but don’t for a minute think they are as large as the bases in Indy/Chicago.

Sparty44 on 5/6/2014 @ 10:12am EDT Said:

Don’t you guys realize there are close to 400,00-500,000 Big Ten alumni in the greater DC/Baltimore area? Kind of out to rest the travel issues. I for one a transplanted MD resident for the lat 13 years will be getting tickers to root on my Spartans and anyone playing michigan..John

Brad on 5/6/2014 @ 10:56am EDT Said:

Tyler, There is no question that the DC area is a great place to visit. I think more fans than the Big Ten may want to admit are and have been against expansion and this is nothing against the schools. Since most alumni of Big Ten schools currently drive to the tourney the additional cost to fly 3 or 4 people, costs of hotels, etc will make the cost prohibitive. Most fans still think of this as a midwest conference

Jeff W on 5/6/2014 @ 11:47am EDT Said:

I really hope it’s half full. And my father is rolling over in his grave.

John on 5/6/2014 @ 12:37pm EDT Said:

That’s the dumbest move the Big 10 has ever made!!

tom b on 5/6/2014 @ 12:41pm EDT Said:

I predict it will be a bust & the Big 10 mgmt will bring it back to where it belongs….in the Midwest. The whole expansion east is just symptomatic of all in the ncaa $ grab & fueling the controversy of using amateur athletes for cash generation..

Herb Gould on 5/6/2014 @ 12:42pm EDT Said:

Why I’m impressed with Commish Delany, but not a fan of #B1G tourney in D.C. suntimes.com/sports/2727121…

negele on 5/6/2014 @ 12:46pm EDT Said:

I have always had a problem with Indy and Chicago always holding the tournament.
Detroit represents MSU and Michigan and they never held the tournament, giving IU, Purdue, Illinois and Northwestern all the advantages.

champ on 5/6/2014 @ 1:40pm EDT Said:

Well, expansion is done. The decision has been made to try to take the brand to the mega-markets on the east coast. Will it work? Who knows; but we have to at least try to make it work. Gotta get out and start showing some face time out east. The tourney isn’t going to be on the east coast every year. I actually like the idea of rotation through the footprint to different venues. Looking forward to DC in 2017!

leroy4 on 5/6/2014 @ 2:25pm EDT Said:

I can’t believe that the Big Ten is disrespecting the loyalty of its core members and their fan bases and is instead choosing to cater to Maryland and Rutgers. Washington, D.C. is only within driving distance of Maryland, and possibly Rutgers and Penn State. Indianapolis always throws a great party for the Big Ten–the atmosphere and festivities are second to none, and Indy is within pretty easy driving distance of Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan, MSU, OSU, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. Having the tournament in Indy or Chicago is such a no brainer. Tell me, how many people will be in the stands for a Northwestern-Minnesota game on Thursday morning in DC? What about even a Wisconsin-Michigan State semifinal? Not many. A DC tournament is ridiculously inconvenient for 11 of 14 schools.

The Big Ten is Midwest conference. I don’t know why we’re catering to these East Coasters, where all the major events are anyways.

Plus, Delaney is trying to establish a foothold in the East tv market, but there isn’t one! Professional sports will always be bigger than college sports out there, and the Big Ten will never pass up the ACC and Big East in the pecking order! Dumb, dumb, dumb!

For the record, I think Maryland and Rutgers as institutions are huge mistakes for the Big Ten. They are not a cultural or athletic fit, and barely an academic fit. I will never truly consider them part of the Big Ten.

Come on, Big Ten. You’re better than sinking this low.

Brad on 5/6/2014 @ 4:15pm EDT Said:

BTN please do an article on how much most of the fans HATE this

DaHook on 5/6/2014 @ 5:01pm EDT Said:

C’mon people its about the almighty green and greed. Pure and Simple. Get used to it !! The mighty SEC has moved west to Texas and Missouri,The BIG 12 (with 10 teams)has West Virginia, The ACC has clawed up the eastern seaboard. This is not your father’s or Grandfather’s B1G any more. These schools only want to get bigger and better. You better get on the bandwagon or get left. If you want to get into the area for recruits in the mid-south and east coast(very rich in basketball talent, I might add) you want them to see your product, not only on TV. Plus, I am tired of the tourney always being in Indy and Chicago. You folks want to have the best you have to go out and get it. Most of you may not agree with me, but it is what is happening for better or worse.

Jon the Spartan on 5/7/2014 @ 1:37pm EDT Said:

Why DC? A business move? I call BS. After years of Midwest fans supporting the conference, we are moving the tournament to a city that already has ton of money far away from the heartland. As the Midwest struggles, why aren’t we supporting Midwest venues by giving back to the communities that have always supported the conference? Minneapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, and Milwaukee–all cities that are that have been in Big 10 territory much longer than DC and have the facilities to host the event. This is not a fan centered move. Shameful.

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