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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:57 pm 
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I'm wondering if the SEC would have been better off canceling the remainder of the tournament.

Nearly all of the tickets are going to be refunded anyway
No team plays twice in one day
Championship game already bumped from CBS
No further risk of injury to players, officials

Possible loss of NCAA bid
No ESPN2/Raycom coverage
Teams lose chance to play their way into the tournament

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:28 pm 

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The SEC would not have lost a NCAA bid unless you mean potential bid. The reports that the SEC would lose their automatic qualifier if it had not completed their championship tournament would not have resulted in Tennessee or any one being left out of the tournament. What it meant is that Georgia (and potentially Kentucky) would have lost their opportunity to qualify for the NCAA tournament without being selected by the selection committee as an at-large team.

I don't see the U. of GA administrators making much of losing that opportunity given their quality of play prior to those 3 games in 30 hours.
So the real issue is one of television revenue. While the contract between CBS and SEC likely held a provision for scheduling changes with established procedures and penalties, we don't know enough to say they should or should not have played on.

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