New basketball postseason tournament collaboration announced by Fox and AEG

Fox Sports and AEG have teamed up to launch a new postseason college basketball tournament called the College Basketball Crown in Las Vegas, scheduled to take place from March 31 to April 6, 2025. The tournament will feature 16 teams playing games at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and T-Mobile Arena, both of which have previously hosted college basketball games, including the Pac-12 tournaments.

Teams that do not qualify for the NCAA tournament will have a chance to participate in the College Basketball Crown. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East conferences will each have two automatic entries, while the remaining teams will be selected by a committee. Fox Sports executive vice president Jordan Bazant expressed excitement about providing more opportunities for student-athletes to compete in high-quality postseason college hoops.

The College Basketball Crown is anticipated to be the primary competitor to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which is currently run by the NCAA. The NIT recently modified its selection process to include more teams from power-six conferences. However, some schools, including eight from power conferences, declined invitations to participate in the 32-team NIT this season.

The NIT has roots dating back to 1938 when games were held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. While it was once considered one of the most prestigious major postseason tournaments in college basketball, some schools opted out of participating in recent years due to changes in its selection process and perceived lack of prestige compared to other tournaments like March Madness. In response, Fox Sports and AEG are offering an alternative that aims to provide an exciting and competitive experience for teams that do not make it into March Madness while also enhancing the postseason college basketball experience for players and fans alike.

The College Basketball Crown is set to provide a unique opportunity for teams that are not eligible for March Madness but still wish to compete on a national stage during postseason play. With two automatic entries each from three major conferences – Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East – along with additional selections made by a committee based on merit and performance throughout the regular season, there’s plenty of potential for exciting matchups between talented squads.

Furthermore, hosting this tournament at T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand Garden Arena gives fans an opportunity to witness top-level collegiate athletics action right here in Las Vegas – one of America’s premier entertainment destinations.

In conclusion, with its unique format and location offerings a thrilling experience for both participants and spectators alike – The College Basketball Crown promises

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