Every week we recap the big stories with insight from three local journalists. The week before the college basketball tournament we have a special edition of the Friday Journalists Roundtable with three local sports reporters, who will discuss the tournament.
It takes a lot of planning and expense to put on a big event like the college basketball tournament that will be played in Glendale. We’ll talk to Dawn Rogers, executive director and CEO of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee, about planning for the games and ancillary events.
Built in 1927, Harmon Park is legendary in Phoenix basketball circles. The park has long attracted college and pro players looking for a top-flight pickup game. It even served as a training facility for the Harlem Globetrotters. Harmon Park has become a bit worn, so the organizers of the 2017 Phoenix Final Four decided to help renovate the court with help from the NCAA. We’ll take you to the court to show you the renovations.
We continue our week-long coverage of the college basketball tournament being played in Glendale. We’ll talk about the economic impact of mega events like the college basketball tournament and other past events such as the Super Bowl. Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and director and co-chair of the Phoenix Final Four host committee and Tom Sadler, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, will talk about the economic impact of big sports events in Arizona.
The college basketball semifinal and championship games will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale April 1 and April 3. We’ll bring you full coverage of the impact of the games, show you how the floor will be installed and wrap it up with an Arizona Horizon Friday journalists roundtable with sports reporters. We start our coverage with an one-on-one interview with Arizona State University basketball coach Bobby Hurley.
USA Basketball is the team to beat at the Summer Olympics and the team largely credits one man with orchestrating their rise, Jerry Colangelo. We'll talk to Colangelo about how he's turned Team USA basketball into a dominant dynasty.
Hear from the newly-named executive director of the Phoenix Final Four college basketball championships. Dawn Rogers, executive director of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee of the 2017 Final Four, will tell us about her role and preparations for the event.
Phoenix has been named the host site for the 2017 NCAA Basketball Final Four Tournament. Dawn Rogers, Arizona State University’s senior associate athletic director and chair of the Phoenix Selection Committee and Mark Stanton, Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, will discuss the impact of the selection.
Phoenix is among eight finalists to host the 2017-2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournaments. Besides providing attention to the city, the events would also bring an economic benefit. NCAA officials will be visiting Phoenix later this month as they make their final decision. Tom Sadler, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, will talk about the effort to get the Final Four in Phoenix.
U.S. Airways Center will have a different name soon. American Airlines, which merged with U.S. Airways, announced it will not renew the name rights contract for the basketball arena. Scott Harkey, President of Owens Harkey, an ad agency in Phoenix, will discuss the business of naming rights.
Title-9 celebrates its 40th anniversary. Head coach of ASU's Women's Basketball Team Charli Turner Thorne, talks about the landmark legislation. Video clip of Ann Meyers Drysdale, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, speaks about Title-9.
A discussion about Arizona's economy, downtown Phoenix, and the business of sports with Jerry Colangelo, one of Arizona’s most influential business and community leaders, who currently serves as Chairman of the Board for USA Basketball.
The Glendale City Council approved a memorandum of understanding for USA Basketball to move its headquarters to Glendale. City Manager Ed Beasley talks about the project that will include a multi-court training facility and other amenities.
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