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Bill Would Force Basketball Games Between Iowa, Iowa State, UNI

A state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require Iowa’s three major universities to play each other in basketball each season. State Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls says he’ll introduce the bill during the first week of the new Iowa legislative session, which begins next month. The bill is a response to the demise of the so-called “Big Four Classic” which saw Iowa and Iowa State’s basketball teams face either Drake or UNI in Des Moines. Danielson tells Des Moines TV station WHO that if the athletic directors of the schools can’t find a way to play each year, maybe it’s time for lawmakers to step in. Danielson’s bill would force Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI to play home-and-home series, which would spread the economic impact of the games around. Since the state sets the budget for the three schools, there could be financial penalties leveled if a school refuses to comply with the bill. While the bill would not initially include a requirement that the schools play Drake, Iowa’s other Division I program, Danielson says an amendment could make the Bulldogs part of the deal as well. Danielson is a UNI alum. He’s represented Cedar Falls in the State Senate since 2005.

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