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Council to vote on multiple-team-event legislation in April

Membership to have more time to review the issue

Legislation that could provide new scheduling options in Division I men’s basketball by the 2020-21 academic year, originally scheduled for an early vote Wednesday, instead will be considered in April on the regular legislative schedule.

The Division I Council introduced the proposal, which was recommended by the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, last June. The legislation would allow Division I men’s basketball programs to schedule up to 28 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to three games; 29 regular-season games and a multiple-team event that includes up to two games; or 29 games without participating in a multiple-team event.

The committee’s proposal is intended to improve the multiple-team event environment and eliminate tack-on games in multiple-team events that are not considered to be a legitimate part of the event. The proposal also would give teams increased control and flexibility over scheduling when, where and who to play in an additional one or two regular-season games.

However, the Missouri Valley, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Mid-American, Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences proposed an amendment to the legislation that would eliminate the 29-plus-two option.

Those conferences feel that option would reduce the opportunities for quality nonconference competition on neutral courts and potentially impact their teams’ chances of receiving at-large bids in the NCAA tournament.

A formal vote on the proposal had been scheduled to take place at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California. Instead, the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, which has examined this issue for two years, decided the membership needs more time to determine the best outcome for the most schools and plans to share key data points to encourage more thorough and inclusive discussion with members and other key stakeholders, including event operators, before the anticipated April vote.