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Why can’t high schools play at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but can play at Trask Coliseum?

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Trask Coliseum

UNCW players are introduced prior to a game at Trask Coliseum. (StarNews file photo)

To be frank, it’s still not clear exactly why the NCAA vetoed the Clash at Cameron or the Rumble at Rupp – the NCAA hasn’t released any information on the specifics of the decision, outside of the general ruling.

However, what we do know is the NCAA prohibited several early-season showcases, including the Clash at Cameron, from college campuses because they were “non-scholastic” in nature.

What that means in the case of the Clash at Cameron and other showcases was that a Lexington, Ky.-based sports firm Bleid Sports was the event organizer. Bleid Sports found the teams, enlisted the teams, reserved the buildings, organized advertisers and also charged participation fees for the teams involved.

While the teams involved were all high school teams, the NCAA’s new bylaws on the subject (added in April 2011) are pretty clear that non-scholastic events are a no-go on college campuses.

The difference between the Clash at Cameron and the Brogden Tournament is the organization.

The Brogden Tournament is organized principally through the local high schools, as are many high school basketball tournaments.

The host school (or in this case, schools) takes on the burden of finding ticket gate workers, etc. That’s the critical distinguishing point, and the reason why UNCW’s Trask Coliseum can legally play host to the Brogden Tournament each year.

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