The Eastern College Athletic Conference yesterday decided not to grant television rights for Wednesday's Southern Division playoff game between Georgetown and Old Dominion at Richmond.
"In both cases, in Washington and Norfolk there will be no television," said ECAC Commissioner Robert M. (Scotty) Whitelaw, "because of our assessment at this stage it's not going to be sold out. The game should be sold out to entertain any right's fee bid."
The ECAC halds the television rights for the three tournaments leading to automatic bids to the NCAA tourney.
WTTG-TV-5, which carried a number of Georgetown games this season, had entered a bid to carry Wednesday's game, which will start at 8 p.m. at the Robins Center on the University of Richmond campus.
The Robins Center seats 10,000. Whitelaw said yesterday that a crowd of no more than 7,500 is expected.
Part of the reason the game will not be a sellout is the neural location, some 100 miles from either Washington or Norfolk. The 1977 Southern Division playoff between the two schools was staged at Georgetown and, even though ODU won, the site has been a controversial topic in this region.
"We've wrestled back and forth with that one," Whitelaw said. "We just haven't come up with a real satisfactory answer. We've always played the NEW England tournment at Providence, whether that school's in it or not. There's more sensitivity of where to play in the Southern area."
Last year's Southern playoff between Georgetown and Virginia Commonwealth was held at the Smith Center. However, George Washington's arena previously was booked for Wednesday night.
The basketball playoffs are the chief mathod by which the ECAC fimamces its operations in Centerville, Mass. It gets 30 percent of the total net receips. *tSaturday's finals in all three playoffs are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. If Georgetown wins, it will host the Upstate New York winner at Cole Field House and that game probably will be telvised by NBC.
If that is the case, the game will not be blacked out in the Washington area, Whitelaw said.