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Stop DWI Holiday Classic cuts National Division

The Mirabito Stop DWI Holiday Classic, as fans have come to know it, is over. Broome County Stop DWI Director Chris Marion announced Thursday that to preserve the future of the event, the committee has had to make a difficult decision, and as a result, they will no longer host the national division. Marion made the announcement in a letter to committee members and the media.

"It is with mixed emotions that I must announce that we will no longer be hosting the National Division as part of the tournament," Marion said in the letter. "Many factors were involved in making this decision including cost of the travel, lodging, and meals; the decline in paid attendance; and our ability to raise enough sponsorship dollars to name a few."

The tournament will continue in a smaller format, keeping the two Regional brackets, each consisting of four teams from Section IV and some from around the rest of the state. Tournament play will also move from the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena to Binghamton High School. Next year's event will also be cut from three days to two and will be moved to mid-January.

Marion assures the message of the tournament, deterring students from drinking and driving, will remain the same. Students from local schools will still be able to participate in the r Teen Traffic Safety Day and Just Drive programs throughout the school year.

Fox 40 will have more on this story as it develops.
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