ZEUS, on 08 July 2012 - 01:28 PM, said:
Well that's kind of shitty tournament you get from a country that isn't on the basketball map... Venezuela
How can the crappiness of officiating just go like that unnoticed and no comments from anyone, at least not having heard anything from the press so far.
Here in the states this entire tournament has gone under the radar. Last year's Eurobasket and Tournament of the Americas were both broadcasted on ESPN3 and you could find mention of the results on any sports page.
With teams playing in those tournaments for the right to play in this tournament it is a bit crazy that there is no mention of Russia and Lithuania's qualification yesterday in the media let alone the results throughout the tournament.
I don't think that Venezuela was a good selection. I don't think that it got the revenues FIBA could have gotten out of Lithuania or even FYROM. It didn't spur fan interest after Venezuela's early exit. The arena was unfit for basketball in my opinion and the officiating was atrocious (however, to be fair that likely would have been the result irrespective of where the tournament was located). The only good aspect of this tournament besides coinciding perfectly with my work schedule
was that it was about the closest thing to a neutral court that you could ask for. I don't think that any team had a virtual home court advantage once Venezuela was knocked out.
With that said I think that it is nearly certain that the 2016 Pre-Olympic tournament will be in Africa.