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The Las Vegas Invitational Women’s College Basketball is a Joke


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Apparently Ja Rule was called in for advice on how to organize a college basketball tournament, because like Fyre Fest, this Thanksgiving tournament wasn’t quite what it was advertised to be.

The Las Vegas Invitational has the top 10 women’s basketball programs in Indiana ranked sixth. The Hoosiers played against Auburn in a ballroom at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. From the photos, it looks like a YMCA game masquerading as a major college basketball competition.

According to Big Ten Network’s Megan McKeown, players should bring towels from their hotel rooms to the game because of the tournament do not provide any for players. There are no stands around the court. Spectators watch the match on deck chairs that surround the field.

During the match, an Auburn player suffered a serious fall and according to Auburn radio, it took paramedics 40 minutes to arrive on the scene and the match was postponed for nearly an hour. ESPN’s MA Vogel reported that one of the site’s coordinators apologized to all participants and fans for how poorly organized the tournament was. Bryce McKey was the organizer of the tournament, but was not in Las Vegas for the weekend for the event.

The league was sold to Indiana by claiming that it would be similar to the Athletes’ No Limit pro league set up. That version was played at a convention center and it went pretty smoothly. Las Vegas Invitational was horrible. The only similarity was that the same court was used.

Indiana and Auburn should pursue legal action against McKey and everyone involved in the organization of this fake basketball tournament. This was not a major Division I sporting event. The tournament organizers put a pitch, some hoops, and some balls in the hotel ballroom and called it a basketball game. university. These types of accommodations wouldn’t be suitable for a high school basketball game. Damn, even middle school games have stands.

Instead of spending a vacation with their families, these women flew across the country to participate in an event organized with glue and tape. Not only is it a waste of time, but it actually puts the participants at risk. Fortunately, the Auburn player was not seriously injured, but that does not mean that 40 minutes of medical attention to a player with a head injury is unforgivable.

These women’s time and health are not taken seriously and that will cost the tournament providers. There was no way they were allowed to profit from bringing Fyre Fest to university athletics.

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