Making an elite season-opening event is the answer

Originally Published: August 29, 2005
By Jay Bilas | ESPN Insider
In an unprecedented move, the NCAA purchased the preseason and postseason NITs as part of a settlement of the NIT's antitrust litigation. Clearly, the NCAA saw significant risk going forward in the courtroom, where its past record has not been particularly good.

No matter how the NCAA came to the decision to buy the NIT, it is now up to the NCAA to administer those tournaments properly and in the best interests of the game.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst

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