After the informal proposal of a four-games-at-once gala at Cowboys Stadium flopped over the winter, it appears Dallas might still be in the mix for a big college hoops event next season.
Jason King of ESPN.com is reporting that American Airlines Center -- where the Dallas Mavericks play -- could be the joint hosting a multi-game gala at the start of next season. This would create a full-circle facet to the college basketball season, which ends in Arlington, at Cowboys Stadium for the 2014 Final Four.
The one-day event -- which could feature as many as four games -- would be run by bd Global, the same group that put on last season's Texas-UCLA game in Houston. Details are still being finalized, so bd Global president Brooks Downing declined to name potential participants.
"We're still tying up some loose ends," Downing told ESPN.com, "but hopefully we'll be able to announce something soon."
Downing did acknowledge that as many as half of the participants could be from Big 12 schools (such as Baylor, Texas or Oklahoma State, for example) which have large fan bases in or near the Dallas area. The rest of the teams would be nationally known programs from outside the region.
Sounds good to me. In recent years, college basketball was criticized for its lack of oomph to start its season. I always felt that was overblown, and the past two years in particular have given way to even more noteworthy contests, what with the ESPN 24-hour hoops marathon, the Champions Classic and all those games on boats converging closer and closer to the actual first day of the season.
If the sport can offer up three or four games between many teams that are likely to make the NCAA tournament, why not? Let's sent a bundle of clubs down to Dallas, tip 'em up and let the season bloom.
If this has some success (it will), King's report said we could expect something similar in store for 2015-16, which ends with a Final Four at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. To that, I suggest the obvious: kick off the campaign at Hinkle.