Barclays Center CEO wants PSAL finals back next year

Though there was no official announcement, the Barclays Center expects to host the PSAL basketball finals again next year. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Though there was no official announcement, the Barclays Center expects to host the PSAL basketball finals again next year. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The Barclays Center officially announced on Wednesday an agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference and an extension with the Atlantic 10 Conference to bring their postseason tournaments to Brooklyn. During the press conference, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark told Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News that they “absolutely” want to bring the Public School Athletic League’s boys and girls championship game back next year as well.

“Absolutely,” Yormark told Tasch when asked if they had the desire to host the PSAL finals again in the future. “No question about it.”

“Are we gonna get deeper in high school basketball? I’d like to if it makes sense,” Yormark said. “Obviously we’re deep in college basketball. It makes sense to pursue any and all possibilities at the grassroots level, so we’ll continue to do that.”

The PSAL finals had previously been hosted by Madison Square Garden since 1989, but this year they supposedly didn’t have room in the schedule for the PSAL and cited a “scheduling conflict.”

Previously, Madison Square Garden had hosted the games since 1989, but cited a “scheduling conflict” this season as a reason they couldn’t host this year. Instead the Barclays Center opened the finals with open arms and drew 5,018.

This is not an official announcement, but more of an off-hand comment to a high school reporter at a press conference. The Barclays Center has made a strong effort to beat out MSG as the go-to arena in the area though so this comes as no surprise. It will be hosting the Jordan Brand Classic on April 18 with Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez of Lincoln High School participating in the game.


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