🏀 Women's hoops in Vegas: "A disaster"

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Per Axios Sports:

College basketball's early-season slate has featured events in beautiful venues like an aircraft carrier and baseball stadium. Unfortunately, the Las Vegas Invitational snapped that trend in a big way, Jeff writes.

Driving the news: 10 women's hoops teams descended on The Mirage's basement ballroom this weekend, where they were welcomed by an environment hardly suited for a youth league, much less Division I.

Details: The setup was a far cry from what they were promised, with attendees relegated to folding chairs instead of bleachers.

  • The scoreboards were flat screen TVs on a sideline table and caused visibility issues for teams during every game.
  • Worst of all, there were no EMTs present, which became dangerous when it took paramedics nearly an hour to arrive after Auburn's Kharyssa Richardson fell and hit her head hard in Saturday's game.
The big picture: There's no shortage of stories detailing the growth of women's sports, be it more media coverage, bigger rights deals, or the NCAA adopting the March Madness moniker for its women's tourney.

  • But even amid such growth, events like this are a reminder of the gap that still exists.
  • There was a men's tournament held simultaneously in a ballroom in the Bahamas, and it looked like a real venue.
The last word: "We're trying to move our game forward," Indiana coach Teri Moren told ESPN. "It felt like [we took] a couple steps backward in this moment. … This was a major miss."


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Per Axios Sports:

College basketball's early-season slate has featured events in beautiful venues like an aircraft carrier and baseball stadium. Unfortunately, the Las Vegas Invitational snapped that trend in a big way, Jeff writes.

Driving the news: 10 women's hoops teams descended on The Mirage's basement ballroom this weekend, where they were welcomed by an environment hardly suited for a youth league, much less Division I.

Details: The setup was a far cry from what they were promised, with attendees relegated to folding chairs instead of bleachers.

  • The scoreboards were flat screen TVs on a sideline table and caused visibility issues for teams during every game.
  • Worst of all, there were no EMTs present, which became dangerous when it took paramedics nearly an hour to arrive after Auburn's Kharyssa Richardson fell and hit her head hard in Saturday's game.
The big picture: There's no shortage of stories detailing the growth of women's sports, be it more media coverage, bigger rights deals, or the NCAA adopting the March Madness moniker for its women's tourney.

  • But even amid such growth, events like this are a reminder of the gap that still exists.
  • There was a men's tournament held simultaneously in a ballroom in the Bahamas, and it looked like a real venue.
The last word: "We're trying to move our game forward," Indiana coach Teri Moren told ESPN. "It felt like [we took] a couple steps backward in this moment. … This was a major miss."


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Atrocious.
 

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Per Axios Sports:

College basketball's early-season slate has featured events in beautiful venues like an aircraft carrier and baseball stadium. Unfortunately, the Las Vegas Invitational snapped that trend in a big way, Jeff writes.

Driving the news: 10 women's hoops teams descended on The Mirage's basement ballroom this weekend, where they were welcomed by an environment hardly suited for a youth league, much less Division I.

Details: The setup was a far cry from what they were promised, with attendees relegated to folding chairs instead of bleachers.

  • The scoreboards were flat screen TVs on a sideline table and caused visibility issues for teams during every game.
  • Worst of all, there were no EMTs present, which became dangerous when it took paramedics nearly an hour to arrive after Auburn's Kharyssa Richardson fell and hit her head hard in Saturday's game.
The big picture: There's no shortage of stories detailing the growth of women's sports, be it more media coverage, bigger rights deals, or the NCAA adopting the March Madness moniker for its women's tourney.

  • But even amid such growth, events like this are a reminder of the gap that still exists.
  • There was a men's tournament held simultaneously in a ballroom in the Bahamas, and it looked like a real venue.
The last word: "We're trying to move our game forward," Indiana coach Teri Moren told ESPN. "It felt like [we took] a couple steps backward in this moment. … This was a major miss."


Go Gophers!!
Wow that's hideous. The Mirage is a dump of a hotel. Horrible set up for college basketball. Disrespectful of the event organizer.
 




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