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Ivy League Statement on Postseason Basketball Tournament Proposals.

While I was out watching The Avengers save the planet, the Ivy League issued the following statement...

May 10, 2012

RED BANK, N.J. -- The Ivy League announced today that its directors of athletics have decided not to move forward with proposals for postseason tournaments in men's and women's basketball.

"After careful consideration of these proposals, the athletics directors decided that our current method of determining the Ivy League Champion and our automatic bid recipient to the NCAA Championship is the best model moving forward," said Robin Harris, Ivy League Executive Director.

In men's and women's basketball, the Ivy League plays a 14-game, double round-robin schedule where each team plays each other home and away. The team with the best conference record in each sport is awarded the Ivy title and the League's NCAA Tournament automatic bid.

The Ivy League athletics directors discussed the proposals at their annual meetings, which concluded Thursday afternoon in Red Bank, N.J.

The Ivy League Office will not comment further on this matter.

David Bennet said,

May 10, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

A "Locomotive" for the Ivy League Directors of Athletics!

Jon Solomon said,

May 10, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

If they were to make changes to the schedule, I'd love to see the league avoid the non-Penn/Princeton travel partners playing twice back to back in early January and move those games to the start/end of conference play or go mid-week like the first Penn/Princeton meeting often is (this past year notwithstanding).

Yale and Brown did that about a decade ago. I don't recall Dartmouth/Harvard or Cornell/Columbia ever being broken up however.


George Clark said,

May 10, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

I wonder if the issue ever came up for a formal vote. The decision not to go forward is entirely appropriate. Without knowing Gary Walters' view of the matter I do not know what role he played in the resolution, but I assume his senior status and Ivy pedigree carry a lot of water among the League's AD's.

Jon Solomon said,

May 10, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

I would be curious to know what role (if any) the new Ivy TV deal might have had in this decision.

For marketing purposes NBC Sports Network can claim these are the only conference games that actually matter!


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