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April 2, 2010 at 6:19 AM

NCAA Outlines Plan to Expand Tournament to 96 Teams

Nothing has been decided officially, but if the NCAA expands its tournament, it will be a 96-team field and not 68.
During a Final Four press conference on Thursday, NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen outlined a detailed plan that included the logistics and timing of a potential new tourney.
The plan still needs to be approved by the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and passed on to the board of directors.
Still it appears as if last night’s National Invitational Tournament final was the last for the nation’s oldest postseason collegiate basketball tournament, which was founded in 1938.
The NCAA, which operates the NIT, will likely merge the 32-team tourney with the 65-team NCAA tournament to create a 96-team super tournament.
The new format would include first-round byes for 32 teams.
The 64 non-bye teams would play first-round games on Thursday and Friday, with the winners playing the top eight seeds in each region on Saturday and Sunday, with the Saturday victors playing on Tuesday and Sunday winners on the court again on Wednesday.
From there, the winners of the final two days would move to regional play, starting on Thursday and playing on alternate days.
The NCAA signed a $6 billion television contract with CBS in 1999, however, the deal has a mutual opt-out clause until July 31.
The plan is being criticized from many outlets, including ESPN, which stands to profit from the new deal and will likely be the NCAA’s first choice to replace CBS.

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