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    1. Basketball Hall of Fame summer series lineup has something for everyone

      Basketball Hall of Fame summer series lineup has something for everyone

      “It’s literally 60 straight days of family-oriented programming and it’s not just basketball,” Hall of Fame director of museum sales and operations Jason Fiddler said. “There are people who want family programming who are not diehard basketball fans, and we try to cater to that as well. All of our programming is family friendly. “It’s not every day you can go to one facility and see a Hall of Famer, a current player, a magician and a mascot. We have a little bit of everything, and that’s what makes this program so special.”

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    2. Convention and Visitors Bureau to announce new sports initiative

      Convention and Visitors Bureau to announce new sports initiative

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a press conference on Thursday at the MassMutual Center to announce the formation of a new division focused on sports. Also expected to be announced is who will be on the commission and who will lead it. The initiative aims to bring all four counties of Western Massachusetts together to attract sporting events and sports-related business to the region.

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    3. Springfield bidding to host NCAA women's basketball tournament regional for 2014

      Springfield bidding to host NCAA women's basketball tournament regional for 2014

      The MassMutual Center along with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have put in a bid to host an NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Regional in 2014, a move that could bring the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team here twice in a four-month span. A successful bid would bring three Division I college basketball events to the downtown area between December and April.

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    4. Second year of MAAC championships in Springfield a success, but not with local fans

      Second year of MAAC championships in Springfield a success, but not with local fans

      The MAAC signed a three-year contract with the MassMutual Center to host the tournament, an agreement that will be reviewed over the coming months. If the MAAC wants to return, and if the MassMutual Center and local organizers want to continue the partnership, the two sides will work out a deal by the end of the year.

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    5. MAAC organizing committee details hospitality plans for upcoming championships

      MAAC organizing committee details hospitality plans for upcoming championships

      This year for its men’s and women’s basketball championships March 7-11 at the MassMutual Center, the MAAC organizing committee is encouraging fans to try and visit all the host restaurants. “This year, it’s really to encourage all the fans and guests to move around and see as many establishments as they can downtown,” Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hospitality services coordinator Taryn Siciliano said. “There’s such a variety, especially with the nine participating restaurants, and we really wanted to showcase that.”

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    6. MAAC considering Springfield for host of NCAA Women's Basketball Div. I Regional

      MAAC considering Springfield for host of NCAA Women's Basketball Div. I Regional

      The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Rider University were scheduled to co-host the Trenton Regional at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., but those plans were altered when New Jersey published regulations governing sports betting Monday, clearing the way for interested casinos or horse-racing tracks to apply for $50,000 “sports pool licenses” that could be active as soon as Jan. 9.

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    7. All eyes on Springfield as Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2012

      All eyes on Springfield as Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2012

      The Class of 2012 includes players Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, Katrina McClain, Don Barksdale, Mel Daniels and Chet Walker, coaches Don Nelson and Lidia Alexeeva, contributor Phil Knight of Nike, referee Hank Nichols and the first professional women’s basketball team, the All-American Red Heads. 

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    8. Basketball Hall of Fame readies for 2011 induction, enshrinement ceremonies

      Basketball Hall of Fame readies for 2011 induction, enshrinement ceremonies
      The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 features great coaches in Tex Winter and Herb Magee; a great college, professional and international star in Chris Mullin; one of the ABA’s all-time greats in Artis Gilmore; and perhaps the greatest character the game of basketball has ever endured in Dennis Rodman.
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    9. Tip-Off organizers planning 2011 event despite poor crowds

      Tip-Off organizers planning 2011 event despite poor crowds
      "We thought the Tip-Off name resonated in Springfield as something that was once very popular and something that could come back again,'' Hall of Fame manager of events and awards Greg Procino said. "While I would say we were disappointed with the crowds I think we learned some things. From a ticketing perspective four games is probably too much for one day.''
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    10. Springfield says goodbye to Elite 8 college hoops championship, shifts focus to larger Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournaments, Tip-Off Classic

      Springfield says goodbye to Elite 8 college hoops championship, shifts focus to larger Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournaments, Tip-Off Classic
      Springfield will host the 2011 Elite Eight next March to honor its contract with the NCAA, but when the MassMutual Center clock on the scoreboard reads all zeroes on March 26, the Division II championship will be exiting the city for the third time.
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