The Big Ten Tournament will move to Madison Square Garden in 2018, according to multiple media reports. Sports Illustrated first reported the move.
The Big Ten wanted to move to the Big Apple so badly that it agreed to move the tournament up a full week to make it happen. The league champion will be decided a full week ahead of Selection Sunday, meaning the Big TEn will likely have to begin conference play earlier in December. That's crazy.
The conference has already decided to move the Big Ten Tournament to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. in 2017, and Madison Square Garden is now likely to join the rotation. Will Indianapolis and Chicago both remain in the rotation as well? That much remains unclear.
I like the idea of having the Big Ten Tournament in New York, but I don't like the idea of moving the tournament away from the Midwest for more than one out of every three tournaments. The Verizon Center deal makes less sense to me than Madison Square Garden, but I guess that's where we are headed.
My guess is either Indianapolis or Chicago will eventually be eliminated from the rotation if MSG is added. Here's hoping that's not Indy.