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[Update] ESPN has confirmed that Bracketbusters will end after this season.

According to Murray State Athletic Director Allen Ward, (per WPSD) teams are still contractually obliged to play return games even when Bracketbusters ends.

 

[Original Story] After almost ten years, the Mid-major event known as ESPN Bracketbusters will end after this season, according to a tweet from the Metro Atlantic Conference Commissioner, Rich Ensor.

Ensor tweeted the news Tuesday morning, saying it opens up a number of games for the 2013-14 MAAC schedule.

The series began in 2003 with 18 teams participating, but has ballooned to 122 teams, including every Ohio Valley Conference team. This year’s event will be staged Feb. 22-23. The matchups will be announced Jan. 28.

Murray State, and possibly Belmont are currently expected to be featured teams during this year’s event.


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  1. What does this mean for the return games from last year and this season? Will they still be played or since the event is ending the school are then let out of that contract? I know schools have the option of playing a return game either the next season or two seasons from now. What happens to those games?
    • ovcball:
      My guess is that they will still happen. Even though new games aren't being scheduled, I'd guess teams are still obliged to finish previous commitments.
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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


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OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

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UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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