There have been mixed feelings on this topic and some feel the current format for the tournament, with the 8 boys and girls schools is just fine for now and others would like to see all of the Guilford County schools/teams get in here……
If they were to change the current format/formula it would take some doing and multiple-year tournament chairman Donald Moore Sr. likes the idea of adding more local teams…..
Several of the coaches in this year’s tournament said they feel the eight-team layout is perfect and that expansion should not be considered…..Why mess with something that is working so good now, is the idea many of the coaches share….
Tournament media spokesman Rob Goodman said last night, that the committee will look at different options for the tournament each year and this event is by invitation only and that gives the Greensboro Sports Council some flexibility, on who will and will not be in the Pizza Hut Invitational…..Rob Goodman also said that expansion could be considered, but you have to consider that fact that the teams in the tournament, would receive considerbly less money for their athletic programs, if more teams are added….
The piece of the financial pie becomes smaller with more teams involved, since you have to split the money up, in more and more directions….The eight-way split, with the eight-school format has worked very well in recent years, with each school receiving right at $10,000 for their athletic department’s funding…..The ten grand goes a long way, in helping the schools to outfit and pay their teams’ freight, during the school year……
To expand or not to expand, that is always one of the big questions at the end of each year’s tournament and it is on the docket here again, at the end of 2011…..
If you bring in all of the county’s 15 schools and keep Greensboro Day School in, to give you an even 16 schools(32 teams with boys and girls), then you have to go to work and sell more tickets and add more sponsors…..The Greensboro Sports Council is hitting the streets hard each year and their tournament sponsorship sales are very good, but with 16 schools/32 teams, they will have to pretty much double what they are doing now in sales…..Raise ticket prices, add an extra day to the tournament, raise other rates…..Expansion is a very wild animal, but it is being looked at and they do review this concept, at the end of each year’s event…..
More schools means more money, but do the schools still get the money that they have become accustomed to receiving, once all the bills have been paid and the profit sharing has been completed…..
To expand or not to expand??? That is always still the year-to-year question…….Is it time, or should the format of the Pizza Hut Invitational Basketball Tournament stay the same……Ten years from now, this will still be a very large question/pizza…………..
Here’s one idea from one of our readers from earlier today:
Here is an idea that would make a lot of people happy and bring in a lot of money.
Invite 8 public school teams (Page, Northern, Grimsley, Northwest, Northeast,
Ragsdale, Smith, then choose from Eastern, Western, Dudley. Southern, Southeast,
Southwest, HPC and HPA). Put these 8 in the same bracket and crown a public school
champion. Invite 8 private schools (GDS, and High Point Christian, Wesleyan, etc
etc). Put these in the same bracket and crown a private school champion. Then have
the public school champion play the private school champion for the “Grand
Championship”. The Little Four is the most prestigious tournament around with a lot
of attendees. Logistics should not be an issue because the Coliseum was not used
prior to noon. This would pump a lot of money into our community and schools.