Rothstein | MAAC and Atlantic Sun planning Orlando challenge in 2019

Iona players celebrate a 87-86 win against Siena during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Monday, March 6, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Iona won (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
AP Photo/Hans Pennink

The MAAC and Atlantic Sun are planning to launch a “challenge” between the two leagues during the 2019-20 season, a source told FanRag Sports.

The event is set to be held in Orlando.

Specific details as to how many teams will be featured in the event from each conference are still to be determined.

The MAAC/Atlantic Sun Challenge would be an effort to feature these two mid-major leagues in the way that higher profile leagues are showcased in the early portion of the college basketball season.

Iona represented the MAAC in the NCAA Tournament last season, while Florida Gulf Coast represented the Atlantic Sun.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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