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Montego Bay to host preseason NCAA basketball

Published:Thursday | October 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Seven teams are slated to participate in the inaugural, Jamaica Classic, a new National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball Multi-team Exempt (preseason) tournament for American college teams, that will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from November 17-19.

The tournament which is being hosted jointly by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment (VWSE), the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre will include basketball teams from Florida State University, Colorado State University, Fordham University, Tulane University, University of Hartford, Miami University and Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn.

Twelve of the tournament games will be held on selected campus courts, while seven games will be hosted at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. Five of the games to be played at the Montego Bay Convention Centre will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. Global sports is hoping this event can become an annual event on the calendar.

Dittie Guise, general manager, Montego Bay Convention Centre said their team would be pulling out all the stops to ensure execution at the highest level, while acting director of tourism, Donnie Dawson, is also very excited about the partnership.

"The Jamaica Tourist Board is always happy to be part of something phenomenal that shines the spotlight on our multifaceted destination. When we consider that basketball is among the top three most popular sports in the United States, the Jamaica Classic basketball tournament is an excellent event to promote the island to an enthusiastic market segment," he said.

- LS