RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With the University of Richmond and VCU leaving the conference that's based in their own town, is it time for the CAA Tournament to leave Richmond as well? One CAA school believes so.
ESPN's Andy Katz reports that Towson is drafting an offer to move the CAA Tournament from Richmond to Baltimore. The tourney has been played at the Coliseum for 23 straight years, and is under contract to hold the event through 2014.
CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said during a teleconference Tuesday that the time was not right to speak about the future of the tournament, but the CAA is holding its annual meetings in South Carolina in two weeks, when the topic has to come up.
VCU President Dr. Michael Rao said on Tuesday that the tournament might actually benefit from VCU leaving, because there will be no home court advantage for one team over the others. But without the Black & Gold faithful, attendance at the event almost definitely will decline.
The CAA Tournament brings a windfall of about 6 million dollars a year to the Richmond area.