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Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:15 am

Posted by Matt Norlander

The Big Ten is changing quickly, mostly for the better. It still needs to do something about those division names, though. What an embarrassing, un-ironic catastrophe.

The most recent change within the conference came over the weekend, when brass voted on what to do with its men's and women's basketball tournaments, as well as the football title game. The men's tournament, which had been held -- and been successful -- in Indianapolis for the past four years, will now flip flop between Chicago and Indy for the next five seasons.

"The Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments have been held jointly in Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse for the last four years and will be back in the Circle City in 2012, 2014 and 2016," the release said. "The 2013 and 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournaments will return to Chicago and the United Center, which hosted the inaugural men's tournament in 1998 and on seven total occasions, most recently in 2007. The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be held in suburban Chicago for the first time when the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., hosts the event in 2013 and 2015."

In its 15-year history, the Big Ten tournament has only been played in the Windy City and Circle City, so it makes sense to keep it in these two places, which are capable and logistical for hosting not only the tournaments, but the meetings, dinners, conferences, etc. that come with them. Some wanted to keep Indy as the permanent host, but I don't see the problem with getting Chicago back into the mix. It's the better city, and it's where Big Ten headquarters is located.

This news is relatively tame when you consider the B1G chickened out and opted to put its next four -- and first four -- football title games in Lucas Oil Stadium, an indoor facility. The Big Ten going under the roof in December? No Solider Field? No Lambeau? Uber weak.

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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:32 pm

Beating a Dead Horse

I've been beating a dead horse on this--but just curious-- do you guys truly enjoy watching Big 10 tournament basketball?  I think outside of the Big 10's lack of Athletes they are also forced into a sloppy style of play by Big 10 offiicating.  If you watch Big 10 play, they are able to get away with anything short of battery.  The ACC and PAC 10 are much more free-flowing and as I said, the Big East has significantly more raw athletes to fly up and down the court.

It seems that anybody south of Indianapolis seems to echo the same thing.  It's just pure slop.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:17 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

Where does the BIG 10 money go?
In this case, it's divided evenly among all the Big Ten member schools (less expenses, I imagine). That's the normal procedure for conference-wide events and revenue sources. There's no big chunk of change funneled anywhere strange that I know of, and the big schools or more successful schools don't get a larger percentage.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:27 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

The first thing would be to define "better."  But, naturally, as a larger, more cosmopolitan city, Chicago has a lot to offer.  My comment was solely on the basis of a HOST city.  Especially, when Chicago doesn't have the arena downtown.

I'm a homer, sure, but that homer-ism extends to Midwest respect.  Chicago is great.  But for hosting a college basketball event, I'm sticking with Indy.


Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:27 pm

No problem

I figured everybody might be worried about that, so I wanted to just put it to bed.

The Big East is more exciting because it has more "raw athletes" but not necessarily better players.  I guess if some are into watching 51-46, half court basketball where the average shooting percentage is 34 percent, than to each their own.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:01 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

Thanks for letting us know you will not be attending; I was worrried when I didn't know what your decision would be.

The Big East tournament is definitely awesome, I'll agree with you there. But so are all the conference tourneys. As a Minnesota fan I naturally enjoy the Big Ten tourney most, but I will say that even watching the smaller conference championship games is fun with two teams trying to get into the Big Dance. The point is, March Madness is one of the best and most exciting annual sporting events, and for me, it starts come conference tourney time. I agree that the play is sloppy at times, but it is that way as well in the Big East. The Big East is arguably the best conference top to bottom, but they are not so much more talented that their tournament is more exciting than the others.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:16 am

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

Chicago is the better city..who in their right mind is going to argue Indy over Chicago in terms of what each place has to offer.  Now Chicago
may not be the best place to host this tournament because of the afforementioned reasons that you guys noted, but is a better city.

That being said, has anybody ever watched a Big 10 tournament game?  Like actually sat down and watched a game that their own school was not playing in?  I have a hard enough time watching my Spartans complete a single game in that tournament.  It's sloppy, the games have no flow, all teams basically play sagging help defense, nobody runs and to top it off, there is literally no crowd noise in these pro arenas.   The Big East in MSG has an aura and excitement to it, the B10 tournament is a snoozefest.  I live in Chi and will not be attending!

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:17 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

I would hope to see the Illini comeback to prominence too!

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:16 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

I'm sorry, but let's add some objectivity to postings.  Chicago is the "better city"???  I echo the previous comment that, while larger and more cosmopolitan, the arrangements in Chicago - where the distance of the arena from any hotels and/or dining options is quite a draw back.  Indianapolis has everything within walking distance and has conveniently situated its downtown into a first-class hosting community.  

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:18 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

Nice to see the tournament coming back to Chicago. Hopefully it will help my Illini those years!

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:56 pm

Big Ten tourney to rotate between Chicago, Indy

It is all about the money! Football Championship games and the basketball tournament should  be on a rotated schedule with ALL the schools hosting the Big 10 Championship and tournament, but it is ALL about the MONEY!  (For example; Ohio State holds tournament this year, Michigan next year, then so on and so on)   BUT IT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, Where does the BIG 10 money go?

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