Most people get a card for their birthday…Phil Knight is getting two basketball tournaments.
Need a reason to be excited about the 2017 basketball season? Well, get ready, because ESPN just announced plans for a 16-team two-tournament event in honor of Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. The event will take place in Portland, Oregon in November 2017 and include all of the major Nike schools:
NCAA rules prohibit teams from the same conference playing in the same event, so the event will be broken into two eight-team tournaments. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is responsible for organizing the event, which he says is his and other athletic directors’ way of saying thanks to Phil Knight and Nike. The logistics of the tournament are still being worked out, but games will take place at the Rose Garden and Veterans Memorial Coliseum over a four-day period.
Who’s coming with me? I hear Portland is lovely in November.