Feldman: St. Louis gets shut out in Final Four bids
ST. LOUIS - APRIL 2: The Louisville Cardinals tip-off against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the NCAA Men's Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome on April 2, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bob Covington/Getty Images) By Getty Images
(KMOV.com) - Years of work has not paid off for the St. Louis Sports Commission as the NCAA does not select them to host a Men’s Final Four during the years of 2017-2021. As it remains, 2005 was the last time St. Louis has hosted a Men’s Final Four when North Carolina defeated Illinois for the title.
This is a big blow to the city as millions of dollars would have been poured into the economy for the event. Think of all the business that would’ve been done in downtown St. Louis during that weekend. Think of all the hotel rooms booked.
Oh ya, think of all the excitement and buzz and PR the city would have gotten.
It’s not going to happen.
I’m still not exactly sure how the NCAA committee makes its choices in the end. Each city that “presents” itself has “presented” itself only a hundred different times before. The NCAA knows what each city brings. It knows what it’s getting itself into.
Why not just rotate among all the favorites and let all the cities have a chance? If St. Louis was good enough to host in 2005 why isn’t it good enough now? Is there something drastically different about the city that I’m not aware of?
It really seems like all the same cities are getting chosen year after year when there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason. Again, I’m not on the committee and don’t want to come across as someone who pretends to know what I don’t know.
I’m not there and am not privy to the information.
It’s just really frustrating for a city like St. Louis that worked so hard for so long to host an event. And at the last minute find out it was all for nothing.