Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said at a news conference on Wednesday that playing a men's basketball tournament in New York City sometime in the near future is possible, and that Washington is still on the league's radar as a potential tournament site despite Maryland's departure after this season.
"I wouldn’t want to handicap that, but without a doubt New York City is prominent part of our footprint," Swofford said. "Any college team knows New York City and there's a particular interest in college basketball there. It's really the media capital of the world and there's certainly some logic to the tournament potentially being in New York at some point."
Swoffod said that to have some type of presence in the nation's capital, where the ACC tournament was played in 2005, "is still a priority and basically it's in our footprint. It [the footprint] hasn't moved. We're all around D.C. with Virginia and Virginia Tech close by and Pittsburgh not to far away.”
Swofford said that the addition of Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh this season as well as national champion Louisville replacing the Terps next year "gives us opportunities we haven’t had in the past" and will make a strong league arguably the best in the country. By next year, the ACC will have more former Big East members than original ACC members.
"They're coming from a strong league as well," Swofford said in reference to the old Big East. "We’re bringing some terrific programs with terrific history and tradition and adding that to the great history and tradition that have been part of the Atlantic Coast Conference."
Swofford said that the departure of Maryland should be the last for a while, and doesn't see adding any more schools, after Louisville, in the near future.
"I think things have calmed down," he said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun