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Atlanta, Dallas to host combined men’s, women’s basketball championships in 2020, 2023

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that the national championships for Divisions I, II and III men’s and women’s basketball will be celebrated as combined championship events in Atlanta during the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four and in Dallas as part of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

The 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four will be played April 4 and 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with the Division II and III championships decided April 5 at State Farm Arena. Games will broadcast live on TBS (Division I), CBS (Division II) and CBS Sports Network (Division III).

The 2023 Women’s Final Four games will take place March 31 and April 2 with the Division II and III national championship games played April 1. All games will be at American Airlines Center in Dallas. ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast the Women’s Final Four while CBS Sports Network is scheduled to broadcast the Division II national championship game with coverage of the Division III game as a possibility.

“Conducting all three basketball championships in one city on the same weekend provides student-athletes from each division a unique experience,” NCAA’s senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in press release. “We’re confident that this is going to be another huge success, both in Atlanta in 2020 and in Dallas in 2023.

“What struck me when we last did this in Atlanta in 2013 were the looks on the faces of the Division II and III student-athletes when they were introduced during the Final Four in front of 70,000 people. You could tell how special it was for them, their families and the fans of those schools to get that type of recognition.”

For the women’s championship in 2023, Dallas will serve as the epicenter of a 50th year celebration of the Title IX, which became law in June of 1972.

“The women’s basketball community came together in a big way to support having the three championships in one venue in Indianapolis in 2016 and we heard from all three divisions that there is great anticipation of this taking place again in the near future,” NCAA vice president of women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said in the release. “Dallas 2023 will include a celebration for the 50th anniversary of Title IX that will culminate with three women’s basketball teams being crowned national champions. This celebration of women’s basketball will be memorable for our student athletes and community.”

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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