The NCAA released its finalists for the 2017-2020 men’s and women’s Final Four sites Monday, and bad news: The New Orleans-as-permanent-host plan still hasn’t quite caught on. From the release: The eight finalists for the Men’s Final Four are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis. Those cities/regions have combined to host 24 previous Men’s Final Fours, and are scheduled to host the next two as well.
Could Syracuse get a new arena? Three days ago, after weeks of reports piecing together various parts of the proposal, the university released a letter to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner “detailing its vision for a new 44,000-seat sports arena with a retractable roof.” Ooh, fancy! There’s only one problem: Mayor Miner doesn’t seem convinced. On Monday, Miner gave testimony before the New York state Assembly-Senate budget committee insisting that Syracuse, like so many other cities, needed more immediate funding for vital functions and capital improvements like water mains and police cars. Last week, Miner “criticized the plan as too vague to assess, leading Onandoga County Executive Joanie Mahoney to suspend her efforts to secure state and county funding for the project.” A Carrier Dome replacement may be on the way, but not before what is shaping up to be a long and protracted battle. Fun!