The Atlantic Coast Conference is finalizing details for a multi-year agreement to play its postseason tournament at the Barclays Center. The details are expected to be completed by the end of the month, according to multiple sources.
The ACC desires a two-year agreement that could start as early as 2017, the next uncommitted year for the ACC Tournament. (The ACC plays in Greensboro in 2015 and in Washington DC in 2016).
It's not Madison Square Garden, but it's the next best thing. Apparently the new Big East's deal with MSG is "air tight" with the conference's deal with the Garden lasting through 2026, so the conference will take its tournament across the river to Brooklyn.
Honestly, I'm fine with having the tournament at Barclays instead of MSG. The ACC Tournament instantly becomes the biggest ticket in town over the Big East Tournament; televised on the more higher-profile network (ESPN). Plus, with Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville all in the conference starting next season, attendance will be strong on Wednesday (BC), Thursday (Notre Dame, Pittsburgh) and Friday (Syracuse, Louisville) too.