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OVC schools must buy hoops tourney tix

OVC schools must buy hoops tourney tix
BRENTWOOD — A ticket buy-in policy for the league’s basketball tournament, the reinstatement of in-person media days and the approval of a specific format for the basketball schedule in 2011-12 highlighted items on the agenda for the Ohio Valley Conference spring meetings Friday.
The OVC Board of Presidents approved a request from the OVC board of Athletic Directors for a ticket buy-in policy starting with the 2011 OVC Basketball Tournament.
Under this policy, each institution will be required to purchase a set amount in ticket value, for sale or distribution to their institutional fans. This decision coincides with the league’s decision to bring 16 teams (eight men’s, eight women’s) to one site (Municipal Auditorium in Nashville) for its championship.
Each institution will be required to buy $15,000 in tickets, including a minimum 150 all-session passes. These passes cost $60 if bought by Jan. 1.
Previously, the league played first-round tournament games on campus sites and brought only the final four men’s and women’s teams to Nashville. As announced in February, the format of the championship is also changing from the traditional 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, etc. format to a merit-based format that rewards the top teams during the regular season with byes into the quarterfinals and semifinals.
After a one-year break from having an in-person media day event for the sports of football and basketball for cost containment issues, it was unanimously voted to reinstate the events and to conduct them in a fiscally prudent way. The conference will host its football media day on July 26 at LP Field in Nashville.
The basketball media day will be on a still to be determined date in late-October, most likely at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
The OVC Board of Athletic Directors approved the 2011-12 schedule for men’s basketball, picking from several models.
It was approved at the February Presidents meeting to return the OVC regular season schedule to 16 conference games (as opposed to the 18 games currently on the schedule). The action taken at these meetings specified dates and opponents for that 2011-12 campaign.
It was also announced that next year’s chairman of the Board of Presidents will be Dr. Thomas Rakes from the University of Tennessee at Martin, while the Chair of Board of Athletic Directors for 2010-11 will be UT Martin’s Phil Dane.

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