Pennsylvania: 2011-12 PIAA State Championship Playoff Schedule

While the brackets have not been set, here are the dates for the PIAA state championship tournament:

3/6--play-in round
3/9--first round, classes AAA and A
3/10--first round, classes AAAA and AA
3/13--second round, classes AAA and A
3/14--second round, classes AAAA and AA
3/16--quarterfinals, classes AAA and A
3/17--quarterfinals, classes AAAA and AA
3/20--semifinals, classes AAA and A
3/21--semifinals, classes AAAA and AA
3/23--championship @ Penn State U., 2 p. m., Class A
3/23--championship @ Penn State U., 8 p. m., Class AAA
3/24--championship @ Penn State U., 2 p. m., Class AA
3/24--championship @ Penn State U., 8 p. m., Class AAAA

The specifics on the games, times, and locations will be posted on the PIAA website  www.piaa.org/  .

Note: of the 20 most populous states in the country, none holds a boys' state championship basketball game farther from a major population center than does Pennsylvania.  In holding the championship games near the geographic center of the state, the PIAA gives equal consideration to the convenience of attending the games to, say, a student at Chester High School and to a tree in some forest in Jefferson County.  The outrageously absurd location of the championship games--and the PIAA's obtuse refusal to relocate them to Hershey--means that vastly more empty seats than people will see the games live on March 23 and on March 24, as has been the case for years.  What is the PIAA's real agenda in holding the state championship games in a place very poorly served by public transportation and far, far away from the major population centers of the state?  Is it because the PIAA couldn't manage to secure suitable dates in arenas on Jupiter or Pluto?  Or, is the PIAA--a private entity, after all--up to something else, some hidden agenda not obvious to those who would like to attend the championship games without going on a pilgrimage?     
 

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  • 1/30/2012 9:23 PM Mike Boyd wrote:
    right on Dave! Jerry Shenk has been railing about this for years. no use try to explain the unexplainable.
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  • 2/10/2012 5:08 PM PATRICK WHITE wrote:
    THE PIAA IS A LAUGHINGSTOCK.NON QUALIFYING TEAMS SEASON ENDS FEB 13TH??TEAMS WITH UP TO 3 PLAYOFF LOSSES ADVANCE TO NEXT PLAYOFF ROUND??VILLANOVA SKI LODGE AS A SITE BUT NO PALESTRA.JERSEY DOES IT RIGHT.ONE AND DONE.GREAT VENUES.NON PLAYOFF TEAMS PLAY TIL 0225.
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