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Baylor players and coaches celebrate after winning the championship game against Gonzaga in the men's Final Four on April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Baylor won 86-70. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NCAA Review Recommends Men’s, Women’s Final Four at Same Site By 2023

The highly-anticipated gender equity review by Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP of how the NCAA conducts its championship events has included one recommendation that would raise eyebrows among those in the sports travel industry: Combining the Division I Men’s and Women’s Final Fours into one single location by no later than the 2022–2023 season. The […]

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Big East Signs Collegiate Gaming Deal With EGF

The Big East Conference has signed a three-year agreement with the Electronic Gaming Federation to be the organizer for all conference-affiliated gaming events. The league’s 11 schools will be official EGF members and participate in a multi-game season in the national Division I Varsity Esports League. The season began October 5 and features two eight-week […]

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Mohegan Sun Arena to Host Big East Women’s Basketball Tournament

The Big East Conference will move its women’s basketball tournament to one of the hotbeds of the sport, going to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, for a three-year contract starting in 2021. The move to Connecticut follows the readmission of the University of Connecticut and its powerhouse women’s program to the Big East. UConn […]

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The Big East Conference and Madison Square Garden Company Extend Partnership Through 2028

The Big East Conference and the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City, has announced a partnership extension through 2028. Under terms of the agreement, the Big East Tournament will be held at the arena and the tournament will be staged on its traditional dates at the close of college basketball’s […]

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The Big East Conference became a powerhouse when it formed in 1979 with some of the best basketball schools in the country. But with some schools chasing football and the conference landscape shifting, the presidents of seven Catholic schools—including Georgetown, Providence and St. John’s—chose to leave what was left of the Big East in 2013 and rebuild as a basketball-focused conference under the same name, inviting Butler, Xavier and Creighton into the fold. But their biggest move may have been hiring Val Ackerman as commissioner. The former college star, who has served as USA Basketball president, an NBA executive and the founding

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