Re: New format for WCC Tournament when UOP joins
Posted by Purple Pride on 6/18/2012, 12:21 pm, in reply to "Re: New format for WCC Tournament when UOP joins"
I actually don't mind the byes, because it at least makes the conference standings somewhat exciting and interesting. Finishing 6th vs. finishing 7th is now a pretty big deal and gives the teams at the bottom of the pack something to fight for. |
Anyway, the format absolutely had to change. The format for this year's tournament was crazy... especially with BYU playing on Sunday. Wednesday through Monday. Yuck. And with a 10th team, we could have ended up with even more teams playing on Wednesday, which is absolutely brutal.
Now, it makes a lot more sense - Thursday for 7 v 10, 8 v 9. Friday for 1 v 8/9; 2 v 7/10; 3 v 6; 4 v 5. Saturday for Semi-finals. Monday for finals.
Also, it makes business sense. Teams with the big fan bases that travel well (Gonzaga, BYU) will likely play more games, which means more people actually going to the arena to attend (since most fans only show up to their own teams' games). Furthermore, it gets rid of the Wednesday game, which is absolutely deadly for anyone travelling. More bodies in seats = more concession sales, merchandise sales, etc etc.
It's a good move all around.