Tevya Sings for a Postseason
It’s hard write anything about Ivy sports today without mentioning the big basketball playoff game tonight at Yale where Princeton and Harvard will battle for a spot in the NCAA tournament.
A couple of points:
-Tickets for the game sold out within minutes. What does that tell you about the interest in Ivy athletics?
-This is a playoff game. Playoffs are good. Fans love them. Teams love to compete in them.
I can’t think of a better argument for creating a postseason Ivy basketball tournament and for allowing the Ivy football champ to compete in the FCS playoffs.
With football, the extra time and travel involved with going to the FCS playoffs is still a consideration. But it’s one that I am sure NO Ivy football player or coach has a problem with.
On the other hand, I am very sure that an Ivy basketball tournament would absolutely generate net revenue for the schools involved and the league in general.
Readers of this blog know I am a very strong traditionalist. But traditions that don’t really add anything to league are not traditions worth keeping.
Traditions like maintaining high academic standards should remain.
Traditions like no playoffs in basketball or football are not cutting anymore for anyone.