There is a move afoot to compromise the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. 20070122 Courtside Conversations ? Jan. 22, 2007 - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070122 Courtside Conversations ? Jan. 22, 2007
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Release: 01/22/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">There is a move afoot to compromise the NCAA Women&rsquo;s Basketball Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Some powerful people are suggesting that <I>March Madness</I> should become <I>April Madness</I> as to not compete with the men&rsquo;s action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This move would do more harm than good.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">United States</st1:place></st1:country-region> has been conditioned to watch college playoff basketball in March.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In February, the nation&rsquo;s talk-show hosts and T.V. clones drone on incessantly about <I>bubble</I> teams and number-one seeds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It all works up to a grand crescendo at the Final Four in April and then it&rsquo;s done.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region> tunes out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s time for the <I>Masters</I> golf tournament<I>.</I><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The women are so afraid of being overshadowed by the men that they&rsquo;ve forgotten about a very important concept.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This concept is referred to as <I>coattails.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></I>When a sport, as popular as men&rsquo;s college basketball, is on the tip of everyone&rsquo;s tongue, why not take advantage?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The powers in charge of NCAA Women&rsquo;s Basketball have done some very wise things of late.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;ve moved to alternate days as to not directly compete with the men.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The women&rsquo;s Final Four takes place at a slightly different time in order to grab an audience of its own.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This has worked. ESPN&rsquo;s numbers have climbed, and while <st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region> is thinking basketball, a great Tuesday night game between LSU and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> isn&rsquo;t a bad option, even for the most die-hard men&rsquo;s fan.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So, why not continue to suck up <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region>&rsquo;s energy at a time when all it cares about is college basketball?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>NCAA Women&rsquo;s Athletic Officials must learn to understand the cycle of interest that runs through the sporting public of our nation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the dead of summer baseball is king.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In August, the National Football League begins to dominate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>College Football owns Saturdays.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In December, the BCS is all that matters and the NFL play-offs own January.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But then, until the first weekend in April, it&rsquo;s all about college basketball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This is the cycle that Americans are conditioned to accept and they like it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There&rsquo;s a piece of the pie for everyone, so why not be there to eat when the darn thing comes out of the oven.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Under this current plan, the pie will be cold and disgusting by the time the women get a chance to grab their piece.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Americans will have moved on.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Baseball will be starting, NASCAR will be <I>starting their engines</I>, and the <I>Majors</I> will be high-lighting the golf circuit.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A women&rsquo;s basketball game, no matter how good the match-up, will simply not fit in.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So, the women should stop trying to compete with the men.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Instead, they can drive behind the men, and use the existing draft to make the way easier to get women&rsquo;s basketball noticed.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There is nothing like March Madness.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I would hate to see the women miss out.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">See you on the radio!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:PersonName w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Paul Johnson</SPAN></st1:PersonName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Each Wildcat Women&rsquo;s Basketball Game is heard live on AM 1400 KTUC.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>To learn more about Paul visit: http://www.pauldanieljohnson.net.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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