The Women's National Invitation Tournament is a women's college national basketball tournament with a preseason and postseason version played every year. It is operated in a similar fashion to the men's college National Invitation Tournament. Unlike the NIT, the women's tournament is not run by the National Collegiate Athletics Association, but is an independent National Championship. After the National Women's Invitational Tournament folded in 1996, its concept was resurrected in 1998 by Triple Crown Sports under the same name, but was changed the following season to the current name. Triple Crown Sports is a company based in Fort Collins, Colorado that specializes in the promotion of amateur sporting events.