Beautiful MoBay makes Jamaica Classic best preseason tourney
Organisers of the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic, an NCAA preseason basketball tournament, said that it is the charming beauty of Montego Bay that has turned the competition into one of the best of its kind.
"The growth of the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic over the past three years has been phenomenal and it is a credit to the people of Jamaica who have fully embraced this world-class, international sporting event," said Frank Cuervo, one of the organisers of the tournament. "The Jamaica Classic has become one of the top tournaments of its kind in American college basketball and continues to attract attention from around the world, with the spotlight squarely placed on the beautiful backdrop of Montego Bay."
The Jamaica Classic, in its third year of staging, is scheduled for November 22- 25 at the Montego Convention Centre with Louisiana State University (LSU) as the main headliner this year.
The event seems like the start of Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange's quest to make Jamaica one of the leading destinations for sports tourism.
This, as the event will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network in more than 60 thousands household in the USA.
"Our work with the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Entertainment, Gender, Culture and Sport and the Sports Development Foundation, and many, many other partners throughout Jamaica have made this event the success that it has become," Cuervo said.
"While we definitely want to have a great week of events, we also want to stay engaged throughout the year and grow the game of basketball in Jamaica, exposing the youth of the nation to all the incredible educational opportunities that can be gained through sports."
He continued: "We are eagerly anticipating an even larger and more enthusiastic crowd at this year's Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic when eight great teams take the court for eight exciting games over two action- packed days."
The teams, LSU, Rhode Island, Utah State, North Texas, Nicholls State, UMBC, Eastern Michigan and North Carolina A & T are expected to start arriving in the Island in the coming days.