House joins Senate in NCAA resolution

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Friday joined the Senate in opposing a proposed NCAA rule change that could end two preseason college tournaments held each year in Alaska.

The proposed change would eliminate an exemption for preseason tournaments that lets teams count only one game against their 28-game season limit, even though they actually play three games at a tournament. That could doom the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage and the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks.

The exemption helps the tournaments draw top teams north in November, providing high-end basketball for fans, money to the University of Alaska and out-of-season business for hotels and restaurants.

The House unanimously passed a non-binding resolution in time to send it to the NCAA before the public comment period ends on the proposed change. The Senate passed the same measure Thursday.

''I wish there was more we could do,'' said Rep. Eldon Mulder, R-Anchorage. ''If these tournaments weren't to continue, it would really be devastating not only to our economies but to our kids.'' He said his old 9-year-old loves watching the games.

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