New basketball postseason tournament collaboration announced by Fox and AEG

Fox Sports and AEG are joining forces to launch a new postseason college basketball tournament called the College Basketball Crown. The tournament, set to take place from March 31 to April 6, 2025, will feature 16 teams competing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both arenas have previously hosted college basketball games, including the Pac-12 tournaments.

Teams that do not qualify for the NCAA tournament will have an opportunity to participate in the College Basketball Crown. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East conferences will each have two automatic entries, while the remaining teams will be selected by a committee. Jordan Bazant, executive vice president of Fox Sports, expressed excitement about providing more opportunities for student-athletes to compete in high-quality postseason college hoops.

The College Basketball Crown is expected to be a primary competitor to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which is currently run by the NCAA. While the NIT recently modified its selection process to include more teams from power six conferences, some schools declined invitations to participate in this season’s 32-team tournament. The NIT was previously considered one of the most prestigious major postseason tournaments in college basketball and has roots dating back to 1938 when games were held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. However, last year’s final four took place in Las Vegas and this year’s event is set to occur in Indianapolis.

The College Basketball Crown aims to provide an exciting and competitive alternative for teams that do not make it into the NCAA tournament and enhance the overall postseason college basketball experience for players and fans alike.

By Samantha Johnson

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