Changes are in store for the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in 2010.
The league will televise its men's basketball tournament championship game to CBS and play first-round games at campus sites.
The 14-team league announced Tuesday that its championship game will be played on the same Sunday that the NCAA Tournament field is announced. Previous championship games were played on Saturdays and broadcast on an ESPN network.
The tournament will be played again this season in Atlantic City, N.J., the final year of the league's current contract with the city. As in previous seasons, the top 12 teams will play all the tourney games there, with the top four seeds earning an opening-round bye.
Beginning in 2010, the four first-round games will be played at campuses of higher-seeded teams. Winners of first-round games will play in quarterfinals at the tournament site at an undetermined site.
"Allowing four institutions to host an opening-round championship game will generate enthusiasm throughout the footprint of the Atlantic 10," said first-year league commissioner Bernadette McGlade, the sister of Pitt women's coach Agnus Berenato. "This hybrid format presents the best of all worlds: allowing teams to host midweek opening-round games, which are always an attendance challenge, and subsequently advancing all to a common championship site on a traditional weekend schedule of Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
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