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Kansas Not Included in NIL-Driven Las Vegas College Basketball Event

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

While both Kansas and Houston were expected to be participants in the first-ever NIL-driven “Players Era Festival” in Las Vegas during the upcoming season, the Jayhawks did not make the eight-team lineup.

Houston, however, did receive an invitation and will have the opportunity to compete for a one-million-dollar payout in long-term NIL contracts against Creighton, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers, San Diego State, and Texas A&M.


Creighton filled the vacancy that was expected to feature Kansas, which kept the Jayhawks out of the tournament field.

According to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, “Creighton pursued the opportunity after the initial publishing of the story on May 7, when one spot remained unclaimed. As a result, the Bluejays will have to pay a buyout to leave the Battle 4 Atlantis MTE.”

The Battle 4 Atlantis MTE is entering its 13th year of hosting a collegiate invitational in the Bahamas, where Creighton was originally scheduled to compete. The Bahamas tournament lineup features two Big 12 teams, Arizona and West Virginia, joined by Davidson, Gonzaga, Indiana, Louisville, and Oklahoma.

Norlander mentioned that Battle 4 Atlantis organizers are attempting to recruit a replacement Big East team for that event in place of Creighton.

While it is still early in the lifecycle of the Las Vegas event, sources told CBS Sports that future plans include doubling the size of the field, with 16 teams as the target for 2025 and beyond.

The event is loosely scheduled to tip off on Tuesday, November 26th, and will continue through Thanksgiving break to November 29th.

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