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American Athletic Conference Finalizes Exit Fee Distribution; Tourney Headed To Memphis?
Published May 21, 2013
A PLACE TO CALL HOME: In Hartford, Paul Doyle notes the "site selection for the postseason basketball tournaments" will be among the topics as the AAC's spring meetings continue today. But Aresco said that the conference "won't make a decision this week" (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/21). ESPN.com's Andy Katz reports the "early frontrunner" for the '14 men's basketball tournament is the FedExForum in Memphis (ESPN.com, 5/21). Aresco "mentioned Hartford, Mohegan Sun, The Palestra in Philadelphia, Memphis, Tampa and Atlantic City" as possible host sites for the men's basketball tournament. He said, "We're undecided on whether we want to rotate it or whether we want to stay in a place for a couple of years." Aresco said that the conference is "looking at" the XL Center, the Mohegan Sun Arena and the Sun Dome for the women's basketball tournament (COURANT.com, 5/19).
TV TALKIN' SONG: Aresco said of the AAC's TV contract with ESPN, "We expect to renegotiate that deal midway through. I think ESPN knows we'll have value for them. We'll do innovative things. The Thursday-Friday windows (for football) will have real value" (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/20). In Memphis, Kyle Veazey writes the conference "didn't get the kind of revenue it wanted out of a television deal ... but it did get an increased amount of its events on television." The AAC has a TV deal that "runs through the end of this decade, but Aresco hopes increased visibility and viable programs will allow the conference to revisit the contract midway through its duration." Aresco said that the league in the meantime is "working on unspecified innovations with its broadcast presentation, all because the league has to take risks" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 5/21).