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AP Source: NIT Leaving Madison Square Garden Next 2 Years

Mar 24, 2022, 9:25 AM

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A general view of the NIT Logo on the court prior to the first half of the NIT Semifinal Game between the Lipscomb Bisons and the Wichita State Shockers on April 2, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden won’t host the NIT semifinals and championship game the next two years, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision — ending a college basketball tradition that dates to 1938.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity late Wednesday night because no public announcement had been made.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, was first to report the change and said 2023 and 2024 are available for bid, with potential locations ranging from resort areas such as Las Vegas to historic arenas like Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Nothing has been determined beyond 2024.

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AP Source: NIT Leaving Madison Square Garden Next 2 Years