NIT could bounce BSC
May 25 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

NIT could bounce BSC | Friday, May 25, 2001

Friday, May 25, 2001

NIT could bounce BSC

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor A positive but otherwise uneventful meeting of the Baptist State Convention's (BSC) General Board took a surprising turn when members learned that the BSC's annual meeting Nov. 12-14 could be blocked out of its venue by a preseason National Invitational Tournament (NIT) basketball game.

BSC officials said nothing in the current contract with Winston-Salem's Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum mentions the possibility of being pre-empted. Coliseum officials, however, said there was no foul because they have an overriding arrangement with Wake Forest University (WFU) that allows the school to bump competing events. Coliseum officials said the BSC would be reimbursed for any additional expenses created by the scheduling conflict.

The BSC General Board and its Executive Committee met on May 22-23. Late on the previous afternoon, Convention officials received a call indicating that WFU had been invited to host a game in the Preseason NIT and planned to exercise its prior claim on the facility. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 13, which is Tuesday night. After a series of appeals from BSC representatives, NIT officials in New York moved the game to Monday night in hopes the coliseum could accommodate both the game and the convention.

However, convention sessions are scheduled for Monday evening, Tuesday morning and evening, and Wednesday morning. On-site setup of registration tables, computers, and audio-video equipment requires at least eight hours.

BSC officials are huddling to explore a new game plan. Options include moving the date of the convention to the previous week (Nov. 5-7) or shifting it from Nov. 12-14 to Nov. 13-15, but the preference is to stay with the established dates. The Convention could do that by moving the entire meeting to another city, or by remaining in Winston-Salem and shifting some convention events to alternate sites on the coliseum/fairgrounds complex. All options are inherently problematic.

Noting the need for additional study and negotiation, the General Board approved a motion empowering the Executive Committee to study the matter more carefully and to make a final decision on the time and place for the annual meeting.

In other matters, Executive Director Jim Royston reported that Cooperative Missions contributions are hovering near expectations for budget needs but will need to increase if funding is to become available for challenge budget items.

The General Board also heard a Partnership Missions update and received reports from N.C. Baptist Hospital, and the N.C. Missions Offering.

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