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ACC Considering Bold Conference Tournament Move to New York City

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It has been clear for a number of years that the Atlantic Coast Conference is probably one of the best college basketball conferences. The ACC is now exploring the possibility of moving their conference tournament to New York either at Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That would be a very bold move to decide to take the tournament out of the southeast and go to the northeast, since most of the conference’s teams are southern teams.

While the ACC is gaining teams from the Big East Conference in the couple years, it seemed like a curious move to me until I really thought about it. Everyone knows about Madison Square Garden and the history there. Who wouldn’t want to play there, or even in the new arena in Brooklyn? It is New York after all, which means that ESPN and others are going to give more coverage to the tournament instead of the Big East tournament, which dominates ESPN in early March each year.

The ACC will likely do everything in their power to get the tournament into New York by 2016 when the tournament could move out of Greensboro. It is another power play from a major conference but one that has solid footing beneath it. It would definitely be a win-win situation for the ACC if they can get it done. The television money for a tournament in New York would likely be much higher than in Greensboro anyway and with money involved, the ACC will find a way to do this.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.