AC officials pondering best-of-3 daily format

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Regatta organizers are considering a new best-of-three daily match-racing format for the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers and the America's Cup match on San Francisco Bay next year.

Instead of crews facing off just once a day, regatta director Iain Murray says the "three-for-one" plan would make crews work harder for that day's point in the standings, as well as provide more compelling TV viewing. He says the format would allow for more starts and more mark roundings. The format would be possible because races will be shorter than in previous America's Cup regattas.

Teams discussed the proposal in Auckland, New Zealand, this week.

The Louis Vuitton Cup will start July 4, 2013, with the winner to face defending champion Oracle Racing of San Francisco in the America's Cup match beginning Sept. 7, 2013.