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ACC Tournament to Barclay's Center



It has been reported that the ACC Tournament will be in Greensboro again in 2015 and D.C. in '16 before moving to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn for the '17 and '18 tournaments. I'm all not at all a fan of this; moving the tournament to cater to Syracuse and BC (and to a lesser extent Pitt and maybe ND as well) at the expense of practically every other fanbase in the conference is something I feared once Syracuse and Pitt were added to the ACC.

"Troy Nunes..." contributor Sean Keeley is obviously very excited about the move (I've not been a fan of Syracuse since encountering some of their fans at the quarterfinal game of the 2007 NIT at Littlejohn, but one can't blame them for being happy about this), and in his post from Tuesday, March 25, he stated, "They might not like the move in North Carolina but it's a huge plus for the Syracuse Orange and proof the ACC is committed to acting like a big boy. Moving the tournament to huge media markets like D.C and NYC means the conference isn't afraid to step onto the big stage." I honestly don't understand how moving a conference tournament to a bigger media market city increases its visibility outside of the host city; I may be missing something but I don't see how the same conference with the same teams year-to-year would fluctuate its profile and visibility by changing host cities. A high level of play, compelling rivalries and post-season success, or the lack thereof, affect the visibility and profile of a conference far more than where the conference tournament is held (within reason, of course, obviously the tourney shouldn't be held in a YMCA.)

I'm not necessarily down with Greensboro holding the tournament in perpetuity, and maybe it wouldn't be horrible to experiment with having the ACCT in NYC every now and then, but the ACC is not the Big East and its tournament does belong there on a permanent basis. Charlotte should be the default city, many of the schools are within a reasonable driving distance and it's easy to fly there for those that aren't.


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