Las Vegas' bids for getting NCAA champion occasions hit snag
A possible landmark change in the NCAA's position against putting champion events in Nevada now seems to be on hold.
Next month, the NCAA Board of Governors will think about an official proposal from UNLV and the Mountain West to stage three NCAA champion occasions in Las Vegas from 2019-22.
Separate from those is a proposition to play the whole women's Sweet 16 to the Last Four in Vegas. That would have to be authorized by different NCAA entities.
Nevertheless, multiple sources have informed CBS Sports the chance of those bids being authorized have actually decreased of late. That's because the NCAA continues to be a plaintiff combating a New Jersey law passed in 2014 permitting sports gambling within the state.
Up until now, New Jersey has actually failed on every front to execute the law. In addition to the NCAA, plaintiffs battling the law include the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, in addition to the Department of Justice
The United States Supreme Court is in the process of choosing whether it will hear New Jersey's appeal in the event. West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin have also filed briefs with the court in assistance of New Jersey.
In brief, it's a case of bad optics for the NCAA at this time. Sources say the association would be hesitant to authorize champion occasions in Nevada while it fights sports gambling in New Jersey.
The NCAA's veteran policy has actually been to withhold championships from states that allow sports betting. However the week began with the Oakland Raiders announcing a move to Las Vegas. The new T-Mobile Arena in the city will be the home of the growth Golden Knights of the NHL next fall.
Numerous conferences play their postseason conference basketball tournaments in the city. This past season, North Carolina and Kentucky satisfied in T-Mobile for a neutral-site video game.
College types believed the momentum for NCAA events in Nevada-- particularly Vegas-- was inescapable.
" This is rhetorical," said Jim Livengood, who retired as UNLV's athletic director in 2013 and is now a consultant for Las Vegas Events, an occasion management business which has worked on the bid, "however wouldn't you believe that if there was a concern with NFL, it would not come to Nevada?"
The comprehensive bid for several champion occasions in the state of Nevada is thought to be the first of its kind to be considered by the NCAA.
" We're held to a different standard," stated UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy, who has long combated for NCAA occasions. "We have the greatest [betting] regulatory standard in the country. With hockey being available in and the wonderful Raiders, there is definitely no reason for this coming in."
An effective bid would essentially open up the NCAA to Las Vegas after years of the association avoiding the gaming Capital. The propositions consist of Las Vegas hosting a men's basketball regional in T-Mobile Arena as well as wrestling and guys's ice hockey nationwide champions.
If the board does not approve the bids, Nevada would be shut out up until a minimum of the next quote cycle start in 2023.
" We're going to miss that four-year window," Livengood stated. "The awful feature of that is it's not about Vegas, however the experience the student-athletes and teams could have."
In early March, Gonzaga won the West Coast Conference tournament, held in Las Vegas.
It has actually been just recently the NCAA apparently moved its stance regarding staging championship events in Nevada, which legislated sports betting in 1949.
In December 2015, NCAA president Mark Emmert kept in mind "exactly what typically appears to be a hypocritical position," by the association relating to Las Vegas. At that time, he forecasted there would be "robust discussion" amongst the NCAA membership regarding Nevada.
Four Division I conferences stage their postseason college basketball tournaments in Las Vegas (Pac-12, WAC, West Coast and Mountain West). "It will be exciting to have an NFL team down there. I'm sure Las Vegas has been waiting for that."
As for the fret about Sin City's vices, Few said, "Gaming is everywhere. [Why fret about Vegas] when it remains in our own front lawn and garden?"
The NCAA board will think about the current Nevada proposition on April 25. When it would send a suggestion, that is after the NCAA Council fulfills April 12-14.
" I believe it was tracking well," one high-ranking NCAA authorities stated of Nevada. "I believe we have actually had these test pilots being out there a lot, conference champions that have actually managed it well.
" It appears like a sensible location when you take a look at that area of the nation. It's available. There are simple flights."
Because of the dearth of venues in that region, western cities have not been using to host NCAA males's competition websites. From 2008-16 the West Regional turned between Anaheim (Honda Center), Los Angeles (Staples Center) and the Phoenix area in every year but one (2010, Salt Lake).
This month, the West Regional was played in San Jose, California. Until this week in Glendale, Arizona, a true Western city hasn't played host to the Final 4 given that 1995 (Seattle).
Nevada is among 4 states across the country to permit sports betting. In an odd one-off, the NCAA did enable the ladies's basketball West Regional to be played in Las Vegas in 1991.
It is believed there has been no revenue-sport championship event played in the state ever since.
" There will sometime be NCAA champion occasions kept in Nevada," Livengood stated. "That's going to occur. It's not an if, it's a when."
The NCAA's long-time policy has been to withhold championships from states that allow sports wagering. The week began with the Oakland Raiders revealing a relocation to Las Vegas." We're held to a various standard," said UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy, who has actually long battled for NCAA occasions. 4 Division I my response conferences stage their postseason college basketball tournaments in Las Vegas (Pac-12, WAC, West Coast and Mountain West)." There will sometime be NCAA championship occasions held in Nevada," Livengood stated.