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Pac-12's Larry Scott Said Keeping Men's Tourney In L.A. "Didn't Make Sense Financially"
Published March 14, 2012
WIN-WIN SITUATION: In Las Vegas, Ray Brewer reported the Pac-12 yesterday hosted a media event “at the MGM’s Wet Republic pool -- complete with a portable basketball hoop on the pool deck and several of the league’s official basketballs floating in the pool.” Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority President & CEO Rossi Ralenkotter estimates “50,000 basketball fans will be in Southern Nevada next March for the four tournaments.” He indicated that they will “bring in $27 million of non-gaming revenue” (LASVEGASSUN.com, 3/13). Scott said that the move, “combined with moving the women's tournament to Seattle, will generate buzz and create atmosphere for the conference's fans.” The AP’s Oskar Garcia reported all the tournament's games “will be televised under a 12-year deal with ESPN, Fox and the newly created Pac-12 Network.” Scott said that ESPN “would air three tournament games, including the championship, next year” (AP, 3/13).