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Mon, December 9, 2013

I Hate The Big 4 Classic

I hate the Hy-Vee Big 4 Classic.

Yes, you read that correctly.  I actually hate a basketball “classic” that features the men’s basketball teams from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University.

This “classic” is a disservice to UNI and Drake.  Both schools once enjoyed home-and-home series with the Panthers and Bulldogs.  It provided a financial windfall for those schools and provided Hawkeye and Cyclone fans to see their teams play at the McLoed Center in Cedar Falls and the Knapp Center in Des Moines.  The Big 4 Classic has destroyed that.

Iowa and Iowa State didn’t like the arrangement.  Personally, I think they got tired of occasionally losing games to their in-state rivals.  It looked bad and hurt recruiting.  Conversely, it helped UNI and Drake.

Many think this “classic” is a cash grab for the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  I can’t disagree with that.  I have no proof either.

As a fan, what really bothered me was where the “classic” was televised.  It was Mediacom’s MC-22, an analog channel.  The video on that channel was absolutely horrible, especially considering the HD world we now live in.

If this “classic” is for the fans, as organizers claim, can we strike a broadcast deal with someone who will broadcast the games in HD?  It’s not that much to ask.

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