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March Madness... or "May Madness"?

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Mar 3, 2015.

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Should hoops start a month later & be 1 semester?

  1. No. Keep it as March Madness.

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    56.4%
  2. Yes. Bring on the May Madness

    17 vote(s)
    43.6%
  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    SI ran a column calling for basketball to be made a one semester sport.

    Basically, it would start non-conference play over the Xmas break, begin conference play in February, and then the tournaments would be in April thru early May. In short, everything would be delayed a month.

    I think I like it. Shortens the offseason and changes the current dynamic of people not paying attention to hoops the first month of the season due to football.

    Interestingly, the person making the case is Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. (hat tip to rward on the Rivals board for the topic/link)

    http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2015/03/02/college-basketball-march-madness-one-semester-sport
     
  2. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    I kind of think I like it too. There is a sports lull in May that this would fill. Would be interesting.
     
  3. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    100% on board. anything to prevent the period where there is only regular season MLS, basketball and hockey to counteract baseball.
     
  4. torerobuff

    torerobuff Dancing is forbidden Club Member

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    I voted no. I can't describe more to it then it just doesn't feel right. May shouldn't be spent in the gym.
     
  5. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Under this proposal, the highlight of college hoops season would be competing with the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs. I am not sure that´s what you want. With the current schedule, you pretty much have a seamless transition from the NCAA tourney to the NBA (and NHL) playoffs and the only real competition is MLB Opening Day/Week. NFL Draft is in late April/early May, too.
     
  6. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    This. It's too much going on. I like it where it is as neither the NHL or NBA will be in the playoffs yet.
     
  7. JPinCO

    JPinCO VP of Quantified Self Club Member

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    I give no ****s about the NBA, and particularly for baseball. Get me through the summer.
     
  8. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    Didn't click the link, but a side benefit is academic loading. Football players can load up in the spring with the tougher classes. Very tough to do so during the season.
     
  9. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    We currently have the college football playoff overlapping with the start of the NFL playoff.

    I agree that the NCAA tourney is currently held when it doesn't have much competition (and that's a great thing), but I'm not sure that those other playoffs and the draft are killers. Might cause some issues with host locations (places like Pepsi Center couldn't be a tourney site).

    I don't know. It's an intriguing idea. I'm still thinking through it.
     
  10. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    It's just three games tho. The NFL right now has a max of four games on any playoff weekend. It's kinda easy to schedule around each other, as the NCAA has by voluntarily taking the midweek slots for their championship games. That's not possible in basketball as there're far more games both in the pros and in college.

    And I think you really want to avoid going head to head with any televised NFL event if you can avoid it.
     
  11. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

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    Idk, I'm kinda like, if it ain't broke, don't **** with it. If they do it, I'd be fine with it though.
     
  12. jcatcher

    jcatcher Club Member Club Member

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    I completely agree with this. There's a reason you see physics majors on the football team but none in basketball or volleyball. There aren't many options for course schedules and you're missing three class days every other week in two semesters. These athletes who are also top students aren't getting the full benefit out of their scholarships.

    And yes, I know Sabatino Chen was a math major, but they don't have labs in math.
     
  13. DBT

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    I prefer calling it "March Sadness." :sad1:
     
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    I really like watching the dance and going out all day to celebrate St Patrick's Day. It hasn't lined up right the past few years and it just didn't feel right.
     
  15. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    We would have to change the #isitnovemberyet tag. It would make the football season seem even longer and more painful to watch. I don't really care too much about it competing with NBA or NHL as long as all the games are still shown during the tournament. I guess there's no way to know if that would change what is televised. I'm probably good with either.
     
  16. aik

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    I like how the conference and non-con schedules are mostly split up by the onset of a new calendar year. Makes it feel like a preseason before the conference slate and the only issue is a home conference game that is played before the students are back from their winter break. I am fine with the current format but can understand the academic argument favoring course scheduling versus other sports whose schedules mostly run one semester or the other.
     
  17. Buffalo Brad

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    Do not really care one way or the other. Will watch College bball rather than the NBA anytime and most times when the NHL is on. Would really prefer the move when the Buffs football team get's back to rolling and bowling.
     
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    "If it ain't broke don't fix it." -St. Augustine

    "It's good enough." - Roger Bacon

    "Don't mess with a good thing." - Bill Clinton
     
  19. Tractor

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    I think I would like it if it were delayed even more. Start in January.

    College football is over. Students are back, arenas are full..

    Go till June. After nba/nhl playoffs. There's this lul in sports in the summer when there's nothing but baseball. Get in there.

    Additional bonus: retractable roofs and playing games under the stars.
     
  20. TSchekler

    TSchekler Darth's Hero Club Member

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    This is definitely what needs to happen and it would be perfect once, the NBA season is shortened and the start pushed back to Christmas Day. Oh, and while they're at it, MLB needs to be shortened and the playoffs need to be in August or September instead of October. No other league should even attempt to compete with the NFL regular season.
     
  21. Highlander

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    I love the idea, and believe it has merit from a student-athlete perspective.

    I also believe it won't happen unless the TV networks deem it revenue neutral/revenue gain from a viewership perspective, and I don't have an educated opinion on their perspective due the pro playoffs, plus golf, etc. March is a great little window where there is nothing else going on TV wise - the networks may not view this as a positive change.
     
  22. TimmyDUBs

    TimmyDUBs Dirty haole Club Member

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    To me this is summed up as, something to look forward to when football is done. More college BBall for me to pay attention to since I am distracted too much by football to care as much in November. Sports to follow after March if my teams aren't in the nba or nhl playoffs. The student-athlete thing seems like a plus as well.

    I'm all for it.
     
  23. FightCu1414

    FightCu1414 Fifth year Senior Club Member

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    While it has the benefit for the student athlete on loading up their schedule for the fall semester, a big negative is if the team does well they won't be back for finals or have the couple weeks before finals for review sessions and such.
     
  24. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    That has an impact on, at most, 16 teams. That leaves over 300 it would be better for on the academic calendar.

    Academically, it seems the pros outweigh the cons. Coaches may also like not having academic intelligibility issues or mid-year transfers spring up 1/3 of the way into the season.

    As we all know, though, this comes down to money. PAC-12 Network is worth more if it has live football or basketball for 9 months a year instead of 7 months. If this change happens, I suspect it will be the P5 conferences with their own networks that will drive it. (While claiming it was academically motivated, of course.)
     

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