Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) lasting for 10 years are preventing progress on the debate over the future direction of domestic T20, according to county officials.The ECB insisted that the agreements were signed before counties could be shown plans for a new competition. But now the counties - most of which are owned by their members - say they are constitutionally, morally and perhaps fiducially obliged to consult them before coming to any conclusions. Several clubs, who are unwilling to be named for fear of being seen to have broken their NDAs, state they would need to hold Special General Meetings before progressing.While the ECB claims the non-disclosure agreements are due to the commercial sensitivity of the discussion, some county executives fear they are an attempt to stifle opposition and present plans for a new tournament as a fait accompli.It is true that the ECB is anxious to end an argument that has rumbled on for several years, with occasional outbreaks of cricket. The board has told the counties it wants to reach consensus on the shape of the proposed new tournament at a meeting on September 14.But some of the counties say that this timeframe does not allow discussion with members, or any other cricket lovers, or further examination of the consequences of their decisions. They point out that, while sponsors, broadcasters (some broadcasters, anyway), players and the counties have been given details of the potential options, spectators have been informed only by media reports. They also point out that many questions about the new competition remains unclear.The last time the ECB conducted a consultation process into domestic T20 - the Populous survey of 2012 - it suggested that spectators preferred a predictable schedule that didnt demand too much of their time or their money in the space of a few days. It increasingly looks as if the new competition will see games played every day of the week in a July block.At this stage, though, there is no official preferred option. The ECB presented five options to the counties for discussion: these range from the no-change option that almost nobody favours, to proposals for a new-team, city-based competition. Increasingly, option four - featuring a city-based competition co-existing with the current NatWest Blast T20 - has emerged as the frontrunner.Packaged as a compromise - or a wolf in sheeps clothing, depending on your view - it has won over a number of counties (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and, perhaps, Sussex) that might otherwise have resisted a city-based tournament and seems to have an even chance of gaining the two-thirds majority required to see it adopted as the shape of the season from 2018. The ECB is promising the counties a minimum of ￡1m each if they do so. It is clear that, officially or not, this is its preferred option.There are, though, huge questions to answer before anything can be confirmed. What other cricket will be played in the July window while the city-based competition is on and is it not a concern that the quality of the Championship (or Blast competition) will be diluted? What evidence is there that audiences in England and Wales will warm to new teams? Can the money promised really be considered new if it comes at the expense of a watered down Blast (with fewer name players, less interest from broadcasters and sponsors and the sense that it is a lesser competition) and can the money even be guaranteed even if broadcasters subsequently fail to deliver on the estimates that the ECB has received or if they fail to reach their audience target? Furthermore, wont the gap between the Test-hosting counties and the rest grow if a city-based competition is held only at the bigger grounds and there is no distribution of non-cricket income (bar receipts, for example)? Especially if they are benefitting from the supply of players from smaller counties, without further compensation. Equally, it seems odd that all hosting grounds would be paid a flat fee (far below the amount some sides make for hosting Blast matches) whatever their capacity or hospitality facilities.It is understood that the ECB has also been asked to provide assurances that the independent broadcast experts utilised to provide information on the likely value of tournaments do not stand to gain should the city-based tournament win favour. The ECB has a close working history with Sky and appears to have valued the existing competition far below comparable events.Premiership rugby, for example, a sport with similar supporter numbers as county cricket, receives something approaching ￡40m for its broadcast rights. The ECB currently ascribe a nil value to county cricket and seems to think the Blast is worth as little as ￡7.5m a year. Thats less than it can expect to earn from gate receipts. A city-based competition, despite lasting less than a month and not being offered exclusively, is said to be worth up to ￡40m.In the longer-term, the ECB has also been asked whether the international schedule will be cut to make space for the new city-based competition - and to allow England players to take part - and what the cost implications of that might be. Again, if it diminishes the money gained in the next broadcast deal, it would be wrong to view the city-based revenues as new rather than replacement. 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LAHAINA, Hawaii -- North Carolina has won the Maui Invitational three times, championships that were a springboard to two national titles and a trip to the Final Four.Keep playing like this and the Tar Heels could be looking at a repeat performance.Joel Berry III scored 24 points, Justin Jackson added 22 and No. 4 North Carolina steamrolled its way into the Maui Invitational championship game Tuesday night with a 107-75 victory over Oklahoma State.We played a level much higher than at any other time this year, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.The Tar Heels were warned about Oklahoma States pressing defense, one that effectively disrupted the Cowboys four previous opponents.But North Carolina (6-0) dominated the Cowboys from the start, building a 12-point lead in the opening 4 1/2 minutes. The Tar Heels kept their foot down, shooting 57 percent and going 8 of 17 from 3-point range while smothering Oklahoma State at the other end.Next up is No. 16 Wisconsin in Wednesdays championship game for a chance at their fourth Maui title.At pregame meal, they werent trying to scare us, just prepare us for what was to come, said Berry, who had five rebounds, four assists and three steals. We came out and hit them first.The Cowboys (4-1) had no answer.Oklahoma States press was picked apart by the long, athletic Tar Heels, and the Cowboys couldnt stop them in the half court, either.Jawun Evans had 30 points on 13-of-25 shooting, but got little help from his Oklahoma State teammates on the offensive end. The Cowboys shot 36 percent and were 6 of 22 from 3-point range.Boy, did they punch us in the mouth early and it was an uphill battle from there, coach Brad Underwood said. 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He had 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting while the rest of the Cowboys were 4 of 21.North Carolina hit a couple of quick baskets to open the second half, prompting Underwood to call a timeout.It did little good.The Tar Heels continued to pour it on, stretching the lead to 67-42 in the opening 4 minutes and cruising from there.They jumped on us right at the start of the second half and the game pretty much was never in doubt, Underwood said.BIG PICTUREThe Cowboys had little impact on North Carolina with their pressure defense and need to find someone besides Evans to carry some of the scoring load.The Tar Heels showed just how good they can be with a dominating performance at both ends to set up what should be a fantastic final in Maui.BALANCED SCORINGBerry and Jackson were the scoring leaders, but North Carolina spread it around, finishing with six players in double figures.Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley had 13 points each, Nate Britt finished with 12 and Kennedy Meeks had 10.To see six players in double figures, thats pretty crazy against a very good team, Jackson said.UP NEXTOklahoma State will face Georgetown in the third-place game on Wednesday.North Carolina faces No. 16 Wisconsin in Wednesdays title game. 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