Kendall Rogers of D1 baseball reported on twitter Wednesday that the Pac 12 athletic directors have approved a working framework to add a conference baseball tournament by as early as 2021. Rogers says the initial plan will be for a 8 team tournament played at a neutral site. Here is Rogers take on the move.
This has been a long time coming for the #Pac12. Coaches and ADs have gone from no way to very open to the conference tournament addition.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) October 23, 2019
I think it’s a smart move. It puts more eyeballs on the league instead of playing a normal weekend series that final weekend.
Speculation from across the internet on the site of the tournament ranged from one of the spring training facilities in the Phoenix area to the new home of the Las Vegas Aviators. It will be interesting to see if which stadiums will be in play. Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium might be in the mix, but that just depends on whether the conference is worried about spring weather in the pacific northwest. Rogers’ guess is a revolving site between Lake Elisnore (Southern California), Sacramento, and Las Vegas. He clearly thinks it will be in a minor league ballpark which makes sense given overall fan interest in Pac 12 baseball.
The Pac 12 having a conference tournament would put them in line with most of the country and could generate a lot more fan interest in the sport. Good news for new Cougar coach Brian Green and company. The conference is expected to vote on the measure at the Pac 12 winter meetings.
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