This shows that the College Basketball Invitational is a pretty cruddy event. If this was the NIT, schools would be begging to be a home team.
UTEP and Northeastern (Boston) were first-round winners Tuesday. Northeastern was chosen to host UTEP in the second round.
But Northeastern said no. It's gym can't hold enough fans and the school would have taken a financial bath. You're supposed to pay the CBI $60,000 for rights to a home game. Hah! Northeastern gets only a couple thousand fans a game.
UTEP said it didn't want to host the game, either. UTEP certainly doesn't want to lose money just so it can play in a third-tier tournament. So the CBI asked (I believe begged) UTEP to reconsider, and in exchange the rights fee was lowered. They didn't say by how much.
Don't have these rinky-dink tournaments with fields of teams that can't fill one of the 64 NCAA or 16 NIT brackets. Give it up if you're not in the top 80, already. Know when to go home and die.
UTEP will sell tickets for $10 in hopes enough fans want to see their team play Northeastern Monday.
Fans buying tickets can consider themselves the UTEP stimulus package, because the school didn't do very well at either football or basketball gates this year.
Remember, UTEP has been wanting to replace its inadequate artificial turf for a couple of years now. But that takes money.