IBJ Podcast: Will a joint men’s and women’s Final Four solve the NCAA’s equity problem?
Host Mason King talks with IBJ sports business reporter Mickey Shuey and with Michelle Perry, a former NCAA executive and now a sports consultant, about what a combined Final Four event could mean for the city of Indianapolis, women’s basketball and the sport’s fans.Read More
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An eight-month review of the women’s basketball championship included looking into moving the semifinal and championship games to an alternate weekend from the men’s Final Four.
Tom Jernstedt, long dubbed the “Father of the Final Four,” died in September at age 75. His widow, Kris, has scheduled a “celebration of life” at 2 p.m. at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Having a combined Final Four was one of the recommendations from a report issued last August stemming from inequities between the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
The NCAA’s efforts to address equity imbalances could lead to a joint championship site later this decade, with Indianapolis believed to be a likely contender for hosting such a spectacle.
We hoteliers welcome the business that the NCAA has brought but worry about what the future holds. To use a metaphor many people are experiencing these days, the tournament was a shot in the arm, but does not inoculate us against continued losses.
I can confidently say that bringing the buzz of college basketball back to our city was only possible through the everyone’s efforts to mask up, socially distance, and operate within the constructs of necessary public health orders. We must not let up now.
From seemingly small issues of inequality in NCAA Tournament weight rooms to life-and-death issues of police brutality and endemic racism, athletes are increasingly calling for change, intent on molding what the future should look like for everyone.
The meeting Monday is one most hoops fans have waited for all year — two years, really — a matchup between two teams who have been on a collision course since the bracket came out.
The showdown between Baylor and Gonzaga that was called off in December because of the coronavirus pandemic is finally back on, with the biggest stakes of all: The two best teams all season will play for the national championship Monday night.
The only reason Baylor’s backcourt can’t be considered a true brotherhood is the blood coursing through their veins.
This is the 41st time I have attended the Final Four. I have never seen anything like this version. And I hope never to see anything like it again.
After a surprise delivery five weeks early in December, feisty 3-month-old Molly Skolnick of Carmel will be represented at the Final Four by a seat-filling cutout as part of an April Fools ruse concocted by her parents.
Fortune magazine reported that ticket prices are 145% higher than any other Final Four in history. Brokers say the prices would be even higher if a Midwestern team was in the final rounds.
John W. “Ned” Sampson, the longtime coach of Pembroke High School in North Carolina, once went toe-to-toe with members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Although athletes may have been tested on campus, the NCAA has not ramped up its usual testing program at national championships such as March Madness, sources tell AP.
The NCAA and local organizing groups set up expanded ambassador and item-delivery services relying on volunteer help to take care of needs for players, officials and others working inside.
Lots of activities, concerts and events are planned throughout the city for the final weekend of the college basketball season.