Some stunning news out of today's New York State Public High School Athletic Association executive meetings: The NYSPHSAA boys basketball championships, a longtime staple in Glens Falls each March, will move to Binghamton for 2017-19.
The three-year contract was voted on in a meeting in Albany today.
Reporting from the Glens Falls Post-Star's Will Springstead:
I have to admit that I am not well versed on the nuances of this decision -- one in which, by the way, Section VI voted for the move to Binghamton (as did Section VI's basketball representatives) -- but it is staggering.
From Springstead's reporting, it seems that money (shocker!) was a major part of the discussion. I've been encouraged by some steps the NYSPHSAA has taken recently to modernize itself and develop revenue streams, but I hope that it didn't overreach and overthink this one.
Glens Falls IS New York State high school basketball.
Some of the greatest players this state has produced have played in the Glens Falls Civic Center. Teams annually start their season with rallying cries of wanting to get to Glens Falls. And while I realize sometimes there is a time to change traditions, that's not all Glens Falls has going for it.
I always thought that Glens Falls was the perfect size-city to host, one in which this event coming truly was a big deal. You could tell by how the town embraced the event each postseason. The Glens Falls Post-Star does exhaustive, excellent previews, and it treats every game like Game Seven of the NBA Finals -- they've been doing shot charts before analytics was even a word.
Glens Falls and high school basketball in this state has been something special for decades.
Binghamton, start hitting the gym and working on your jumper, because you really need to put on a show.