Automatic bid is a term generally used to describe a bid or berth to a tournament, granted based on performance in prior competition, and not based on subjective picking (see: At-large bid). It is most commonly used in the United States in the Men's and Women's NCAA College Basketball Tournament, usually Division I, but is also used in all NCAA tournaments.
In Men's and Women's Division I college basketball, the teams that win their conference tournament are granted automatic berths to the main tournament. In the case of the Ivy League only, the team with the best record advances via automatic berth. Except for the Ivy League, all conferences in D-1(Division 1) basketball hold a conference tournament. Most D-1 schools are in a conference. The ones that are not, called Independents, have no conference tournament and can only advance to the NCAA Tournament via an at-large bid, which rarely happens unless the team performs well.
Similar automatic bid processes are used in other NCAA sports with a tournament. This allows a team with a losing record to qualify for the NCAA tournament based on winning the automatic bid via tournament.
Another post-season college basketball tournament, the NIT, includes the best teams that were left out of the NCAA Tournament. Since the 2005 purchase of the NIT by the NCAA, automatic bids are now awarded to all regular season conference champions who did not win their conference tournament.
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... For its first four years, the Humanitarian Bowl offered an automatic bid to the Big West Conference champion, after that conference lost its contract with the Las Vegas Bowl ... the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl, the Big West Conference discontinued football and the automatic bid went to the WAC, where it remains to this day ... Conference-USA's automatic bid went to the ACC from 2001 through 2008 ...
... Wanderers continue their rebuilding process and bid for promotion from the Fourth Division by signing midfielder Andy Thompson and striker Steve Bull from neighbours West Bromwich Albion for £35,000 each ... for Brighton Hove Albion striker Dean Saunders in a bid to avoid relegation. 28 March 1987 – Liverpool's title bid is hit with a shock 2–1 home defeat against Wimbledon ...
... games, with the champions of six conferences receiving automatic bids to the Bowl Championship Series to determine a national champion ... The remaining five conferences, often referred to as "Mid-majors", do not receive automatic bids but their conference champions are eligible for an ... Only one "mid-major" champion can qualify for an automatic bid in any year ...
... However, the BCS rules only provide for one automatic at-large BCS berth from teams in the non-AQ conferences ... They received a BCS bid to play against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl ... teams are not on an equal level with teams from automatic qualifying conferences ...
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