"The Ivy League announced Thursday that it will add a conference tournament for both men's and women's basketball beginning next season. The league's council of presidents approved four-team tournaments in both men's and women's basketball to determine the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Each team will have a one-game reduction in the regular season starting in 2016-17. The Ivy League has been the lone conference not to hold a league tourney. The regular-season champion has earned the Big Dance spot, with Yale earning the men's bid this season and Penn getting the women's berth." ESPN
The best conference in collegiate sports just got even better. Starting next year, the 8 school conference which consists of 7 Ivy League schools and Cornell will play a four-team tournament, which is only one team more than the amount of teams that tied for the Ivy League football championship this year (3 teams won, if you aren't an Ivy Leaguer yourself and needed that number crunched). It's going to be the single most electrifying conference tournament and true must-see action. This year only Yale made the NCAA tournament--a team almost guaranteed to make the Final Four in a week region featuring Oregon as a number 1 seed--but next year, we could see all four of the teams that qualify for the Ivy League conference tournament making the NCAA tourney. Why? Because those four teams will play so hard, so hot, and so smart in their conference tournament that voters will have to put them all in the Big Dance. Most people think the Ivy League is not a stellar athletic conference, but then again most people didn't go to an Ivy League school. We in Ivy League sports (which is Division 1, no absolutely humongous deal) just save our fervor for the postseason, knowing that it's all that really matters. The postseason is corporate recruiting, whereas the regular season is just your run-of-the-mill $60K a year experience. No one ever turns it on until corporate recruiting. That's when the big players and big banks come calling, and now that there's a conference tourney, expect to see a ton of big banks--bank shots that is! Right into the hoop! Deutsche Bank for 3! 3 billion!
Better rethink your investment portfolios, because next year the Ivy League is going to make even more noise.