Friday, June 1, 2012

Big 12 men's basketball tournament will stay in Kansas City through 2016

Posted by on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The Big 12 mens basketball tourney is sticking in Kansas City.
  • The Big 12 men's basketball tourney is sticking in Kansas City.

Fantastic news for Kansas City and the Sprint Center: The Big 12 Conference is keeping its men's basketball tournament in Kansas City through 2016.

The men's basketball tournament will remain in Kansas city through 2016 - and the Big 12 has "first right to championship dates after 2016." Sounds like the talk of the SEC basketball tourney coming to KC is all for naught.

"This agreement solidifies the fact that Kansas City is Big 12 country. The sport of college basketball has a great history in Kansas City, and the Big 12 is a large part of it," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "The city has always been a fantastic host for schools, fans and alumni, and this allows our men's basketball student-athletes to continue competition in one of the best basketball facilities in the nation."

This news is really remarkable given that one of the Big 12's marquee events is staying in a state that is no longer a member institution. No doubt about it, this is a win for the Sprint Center and KC.

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