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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mohegan Sun

As I wrote in today's paper, Mohegan Sun looks like the frontrunner right now to host the MAAC tournament in 2012-14.

Someone with knowledge of the league's plans told me the council of presidents -- which will ultimately make the decision -- wants to put the tournament at a neutral site, at least for the time being.

The presidents won't formally accept bids until this spring, and won't make a final decision until December.

So talks that have gone on so far are just in the early stages. This doesn't mean that other neutral sites are out of the running or that it's completely impossible a place like Albany or Bridgeport could swoop in, blow the presidents away with their pitch and end of landing the tournament.

But it looks like right now, Mohegan Sun is the frontrunner.

As we discussed last summer, it's a little out of the way for some folks, since to get there you have to drive past Fairfield -- the MAAC's eastern-most school -- on I-95, then keep going for another 65 miles.

It's not an apples to apples comparison because Baltimore is so far from most of the other schools and Fairfield is relatively close, but that'd be a little like having the tournament in Washington, DC, which is 40 miles south of Loyola, the southern-most school in the league.

But if you're shooting for a purely neautral site, this fits the bill. Fairfield is the closest school, but Fairfield fans are going to have to get in a car and drive and hour and a half, meaning their drive isn't much shorter than fans of other schools in the New York area.

Clearly, there's no shortage of lodging and/or entertainment options at Mohegan Sun. The question I think needs to be asked is this: is it close enough that fans who don't want to pay for a hotel room will make one or more day trips to watch their teams play?

What do you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disaster in the making. I know the A-10 holds their tournament in Atlantic City, and I think the WCC will hold theirs in Las Vegas this year - but I have a problem with putting 18, 19, 20 year old kids in that type of environment. Too much temptation.

I find it hard to believe the Mohegan Sun is willing to guarantee the MAAC's required fee for hosting the tournament for three years without ever having a test run.

Also, many MAAC teams do not travel fans - the only fans you will get will be Siena fans (Siena will drag 1,500 people anywhere to watch the MAAC games); Fairfield, being the closest, won't bring more than a couple of hundred. Marist will get a couple of hundred there. Manhattan will bring some people, Iona will bring some people - but you will get nothing but friends and family from Rider, SPC, Loyola, Niagara, Canisius.

If the MAAC wants a neutral site - I don't know how they don't hold the tournament in the NYC area (Newark, Meadowlands, MSG etc).

It makes no sense to hold the tournament in a place that is so far removed from the conference schools. If you went the opposite direction - it's like hosting it in Pittsburgh.

Not sure of your source, but there is no way this goes down.

January 14, 2009 at 10:27 PM 
Anonymous Richard Vitale said...


January 14, 2009 at 10:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous sounds like a pompus Siena fan that would not make the trip. I think a neutral site is a great idea for the tourney

January 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PERFECT place for the MAAC Tourney. ITs not too large, theres things to do around the arena, its no home court advantage, and you will draw more people, because there are 1)more fans that would make that trip knowing theres other things to do, rather than sit in boring Buffalo or Albany; and 2)People in the Casino who arent even MAAC fans will attend games just for entertainment. Many ppl come into the arena for things there that they arent "fans" of.

January 15, 2009 at 9:55 PM 

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