Chattanooga complains to NCAA

Updated: May 8, 2009, 6:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Chattanooga has complained to the NCAA, saying it lost money hosting women's tournament games because the teams had no local ties.

The Greater Chattanooga Sports and Events Committee sent a letter to the NCAA saying organizers lost about $60,000 hosting games with North Carolina, Purdue, UCF and Charlotte. Chattanooga had guaranteed the NCAA $75,000 to hold first- and second-round matchups.

Committee president Scott Smith said he sent his complaint to the NCAA a week after the games March 22 and 24. He was told the NCAA would review the matter on May 18.

Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball, said the committee tried to send teams to sites where they would draw, but that fans did not travel as in previous years, likely due to the economy.