ESPN Announces 2010 Cancun Governor’s Cup Tournament

Eight-Team Field Includes Seven 2009-10 Postseason Participants

Cancun, Mexico; June 10, 2010-ESPN Regional Television announced that this year’s 2010 Cancun Governor’s Cup, an eight-team men’s college basketball tournament will be played on December 22nd through the 24th at the Poliforum Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico.

The tournament will include Appalachian State, Colorado State, East Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Northeastern, Saint Louis, Southern Miss and Texas State. Seven of those teams reached the 2009-10 postseason, including ETSU in the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss advanced to the National Invitation Tournament’s final four, while Northeastern also played in the NIT. Colorado State and Saint Louis played in the College Basketball Invitational. Appalachian State and Southern Miss played in the Tournament.

“We are pleased to launch the Cancun Governor’s Cup with these eight teams,” said Clint Overby, Senior Director of Events for ESPN Regional Television. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for Cancun to showcase its destination and we’re excited for the teams and their fans that will surely enjoy everything Cancun has to offer.”

“The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to once again welcome ESPN Regional Television, the largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, to Cancun – one of the world’s premier destinations,” said Jesús Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is a privilege for us to host the Cancun Governor’s Cup and we’re extremely excited to show the world the beauty, diversity and magic of Cancun.”

The new tournament will feature 12 games throughout a period of three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in a championship match. Conference USA will serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.

The Cancun Governor’s Cup supports youth basketball initiatives in Mexico started by the Telmex Foundation and Mexican NBA star Eduardo Najera, which strives to bring the game of basketball to the youth of Mexico. Since initiation of the league in 2007,, 60,000 kids from across Mexico have participated. The Cancun Governor’s Cup will annually offer tickets to the league for kids to experience the thrill and excitement of collegiate basketball firsthand.

Cancun is a world-class vacation destination located on the coast of Mexico’s easternmost state, Quintana Roo. The area is known for its outstanding beaches, outdoor activities, dining and archaeological sites. December temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

In preparation for the 2010 Cancun Governor’s Cup, a single game was played last season at the Poliforum Benito Juarez, with Virginia Tech defeating Seton Hall 103-94, during overtime in front of a crowd of 2,365 onlookers. The arena is located on Boulevard Luis Donaldo, a few minutes from the Cancun International Airport and was opened last year as the home of the Pioneros Quintana Roo, the basketball team of the state of Quintana Roo.

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