Starting late not so great

The Baltimore Sun

How about 10 p.m. tip-offs for the NCAA women's basketball tournament? That's OK if the game is in California or Washington. But in Maryland? Give us a break.

If anyone even has the slightest notion that the NCAA isn't just a big business, the TV contract for the women's tournament should put that idea to rest. Not only did many people miss the game on TV because of the late hour, but we're sure the attendance at Comcast Center was affected.

We deserved better. The Maryland and Nebraska women players deserved better. The NCAA let everyone down - except ESPN.

So Maryland moves to Spokane, Wash., for a 9 p.m. Sweet 16 game on Saturday. That's the good news.

It could have started at 11:30 p.m.

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