Friday, August 2, 2013

College hoops staying where it is on the calendar

Earlier in the year, there was some talk about how college basketball could become a one-semester sport to regain some of its popularity. Tipoff would be pushed back to early January, and the season would be crammed into just more than three months.

Thankfully, that won't be happening in the near future.ESPN reported the change would have been too dramatic.

The sports calendar in the spring is fine the way it is. March Madness leads into MLB opening day, which leads into the Final Four, which leads into the Masters, which leads into the NBA and NHL playoffs.

I know the NCAA wasn't taking that broad a view when it was looking at men's basketball. But I'm glad it decided to keep the season as is.

Could it be shorter? Absolutely. Instead of early November, tipping off the week of Thanksgiving would be fine. But not seven weeks shorter. That's too much.

Howard Primer


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