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New basketball postseason tournament collaboration announced by Fox and AEG

Fox Sports and AEG are collaborating to launch a new postseason college basketball tournament called the College Basketball Crown in Las Vegas. The tournament, which will take place from March 31 to April 6, 2025, will feature 16 teams competing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and T-Mobile Arena. Both arenas have previously hosted college basketball games, including the Pac-12 tournaments.

Teams that do not qualify for the NCAA tournament will be given the opportunity to participate in this new tournament. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East conferences will each have two automatic entries, while the remaining teams will be chosen by a committee. Jordan Bazant, executive vice president of Fox Sports, expressed excitement about providing more opportunities for student-athletes to compete in high-quality postseason college hoops.

The College Basketball Crown is expected to become a primary competitor to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which is currently managed by the NCAA. While the NIT has recently made changes to its selection process to include more teams from power six conferences, some schools declined invitations to participate in this season’s 32-team event. Despite being previously considered one of the most prestigious major postseason tournaments in college basketball, with roots dating back to 1938 when games were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the NIT has lost some appeal among power conference schools.

The NIT was previously known as the most prestigious major postseason tournament in college basketball until it changed its selection process this season and included more teams from power six conferences. However, eight schools from power conferences declined invitations for this season’s NIT tournament with its expanded format that now includes 32 teams.

The College Basketball Crown aims to provide an exciting and competitive alternative for teams that do not make it into the NCAA tournament and enhance the overall postseason college basketball experience for players and fans alike.

By Samantha Jones

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