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Section 116
07-02-2008, 02:58 PM
It comes as no surprise to me, considering the evolution of other tournaments such as the Old Spice Classic and the Maui tournament, that Top of the World would be cancelled. Still it was a nice ride for the Zags in the past:

http://newsminer.com/news/2008/jul/01/fate-top-world-basketball-classic-be-announced-wed/

Akzag
07-02-2008, 03:30 PM
Sad, but you are right ... it comes as no big shock to me either.

Akzag
07-09-2008, 01:55 PM
And now, espn has cut ties (http://www.adn.com/sports/college/story/459553.html)with the Shootout.

Akzag
07-09-2008, 02:05 PM
Lots of news coming out today ... Katz apparently mentions it in his blog as well ...

with due apologies to the following teams, the Shootout will start sucking hard this year ; UAA, Portland State, San Diego State, Hampton, Northern Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Western Carolina, TBD.

story (http://www.adn.com/sports/shootout/story/459560.html)

Akzag
07-09-2008, 02:30 PM
Katz blog chimes in (http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3477639&name=katz_andy&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fesp n%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d3477639%26name%3dkatz _andy) ...


"We're going to have to change the way we do business right now and try to get a fourth game, and we've talked about playing that first game of the tournament on campus sites [and then three games in Anchorage]," Cobb said. "We've got to guarantee four games. I'm sitting here with my two biggest competitors being the NCAA and ESPN. We're down the list. We can't play at that level."

Cobb has been the athletic director at Anchorage for the past eight years, and this is easily one of his toughest assignments at the school -- to save the Great Alaska Shootout.

"It used to be that you had someone's word with a handshake, but now if you don't have the contract in hand, you don't know if you have the team," Cobb said. "There is a lack of honor in scheduling and in meeting commitments. It's shameful and disgraceful."