Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – The ACC has major interest in Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center as its two New York venues, according to ACC commissioner John Swofford.
But contractual agreements with the Big East, that plays at Madison Square Garden, and the A-10, that holds games at Barclays, could make it problematic.
ACC officials would like to bring the league’s annual basketball tournament into New York City at some point in the future. The additions of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame give the ACC a strong foothold in the New York metropolitan area.
“I wouldn’t want to handicap that, but I think you have to consider with our footprint now that New York City is part of our footprint,” Swofford said. “I don’t know if any particular college owns New York City, but there is great interest there in college basketball. It’s the media capital of the world. It’s a great college basketball city. There’s certainly some logic for the ACC tournament to be in New York at some time.”
ACC will likely have a tournament home by 2016 after playing its tournament in Greensboro, N.C., in 2014 and 2015.
Swofford said the choice will be made next year and that bids and site surveys have already been submitted.
The tournament will be rotated to different sites.
Greensboro, Charlotte, New York City (Madison Square Garden, Barclays in Brooklyn), Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami and Orlando have expressed interest.