Carrs-Safeway to continue support of Great Alaska Shootout

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carrs-Safeway will continue its support of the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament through 2005, even though the Shootout's future remains somewhat uncertain.

University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb announced Wednesday that Carrs-Safeway has renewed its title sponsorship of the Shootout for four more years, in an agreement worth slightly more than $200,000 annually.

The men's and women's tournament brings some of the nation's top collegiate basketball teams to Anchorage every Thanksgiving.

The NCAA Board of Directors tabled a vote last April on legislation, passed by the 49-member NCAA Management Council, that would have eliminated the exemption given to the Shootout and similar tournaments. The exemption allows teams to play three tournament games but only count one against their season limit. The NCAA said it was creating various committees to study exempted tournaments, with the findings due no later than January 2004.

''I think we're good through 2004 and probably good past that,'' Cobb said. ''There doesn't appear to be much energy behind this anymore.''

Carrs-Safeway has been the title sponsor of the Shootout since 1994.

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