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Pac-12 Men's Tourney to Vegas

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    All Games Will Be Televised Nationally on ESPN, FOX and Pac-12 Networks

    LAS VEGAS – The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament has secured a new home beginning in 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena under the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, it was announced today.

    The new agreement, which runs through 2015, brings the Pac-12 Tournament to one of the most popular and exciting travel destinations in the world, one that averages approximately 40 million visitors annually and showcases some of the most iconic entertainment events in the country. All tournament games will be televised nationally on ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks. The 2013 tournament will be played March 13-16.

    “This is an exciting opportunity for us to create a new, dynamic atmosphere for our schools, our student-athletes and our fans,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “Las Vegas is one of the most exciting destinations in the country and with our new partnership with Las Vegas Events, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority we expect the stature and energy of the Pac-12 Tournament to continue to flourish.”

    For the last 11 years, the Pac-12 Tournament has had an agreement to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles which expired at the end of this year's tournament. An extensive bidding process with a variety of cities over the last 10 months ultimately led the Pac-12 CEO Group to select Las Vegas as the new home for the Pac-12 Tournament.

    “We truly appreciate the partnership that we have formed with the Pac-12 Conference to host their Men’s Basketball Championships,” President of Las Vegas Events Pat Christenson said. “We look forward to again demonstrating the power of the Las Vegas brand when matched with an elite property like the Pac-12 Conference.”

    Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events, including the Las Vegas Bowl, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series, Aviation Nation, NHRA Drag Racing, Rolex FEI World Cup Finals, U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo and their signature New Year’s Eve production, America’s Party.

    Under the Pac-12‘s new 12-year media rights agreement, ESPN and FOX will rotate each year as the licensed broadcast partner of the Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game. They will each carry a quarterfinal game, semifinal and the championship game during those years. ESPN will have the rights in 2013. Every other game of the tournament will be televised nationally by the Pac-12 Networks, which will launch in August 2012.

    “Hosting the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is a tremendous opportunity for MGM Grand and the city of Las Vegas,” President and COO of MGM Grand Scott Sibella said. “Partnering with the Pac-12 continues our tradition of hosting the biggest names and events in Sports and Entertainment while offering our guests the chance to experience the best dining, entertainment and nightlife worldwide.”

    The MGM Grand Garden Arena has been home to some of the biggest sporting events in history, including epic boxing championships like Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson and Oscar de la Hoya-Floyd Mayweather.

    “Las Vegas has evolved to host people and special events,” President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Rossi Ralenkotter said. “The partnership between the Pac-12 and Las Vegas will translate into a great experience for the schools, teams and fans.”

    http://www.pac-12.org/BasketballM/Tabid/1449/Article/148514/Mens-Tournament-To-MGM-Grand-Garden.aspx

    Listen to teleconference: http://pac-12.org/portals/7/Teleconference/mbasketball/120313-mgm.mp3
     
  2. DBT

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    Good that they did only a three year contract. I'm kind of ambivolent. The plusses are that Vegas is a destination city and is in the center of the PAC. The negative, of course, is that it is not a PAC town. It is a Mountin West town. On the one hand, I'd like to see the tourney rotate around the PAC, but, on the other hand, that would mean one every 12 years in Boulder. But a "Regional" rotation would bring it here ever 4 years. Or there about.

    All that being said, if Vegas takes off in this three year contract period, then go for it. Almost every school in the PAC is within driving distance.
     
  3. MrFrumpylane

    MrFrumpylane Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I think that is a positive. This ensures it will be a neutral site for every team - no home crowd advantages.
     
  4. azbuff

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    Unless bringing the C-Unit becomes a tradition. Then we'll always have the home crowd advantage. Slightly concerned about the distractions for the players, but that will be even across the conference. Looking forward to my annual March visit to Vegas.
     
  5. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Nikita and I have already put it on our 2013 calendars.
     
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    Also a bit concerned that Vegas is a 21+ town and not really geared for the freshman to junior kids. What does a 19 year old do in Vegas?
     
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    hookers
     
  8. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Not much. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
     
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    All the opportunities in bigger cities are also available in Las Vegas. The 19 year old kids will have the same opportunity to get in trouble in Las Vegas as they would in any bigger city.
     
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    There also is more to do for under 21 people in Vegas than most other cities, at least at night time. Everything is open later. There are a bunch of bowling alleys, amusement park type things, malls, people, whatever. There is stuff going on at the time of day (late night) that kids like to be out doing stuff. They will drink or not drink by their own choice and go out and have a good time in a busy city that doesn't shut down.
     
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    The CUnit traveling will become a tradition. I have that confirmed from a good source.
     
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    [video=youtube;TxjFZaRW9AU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxjFZaRW9AU&feature=youtu.be[/video]

    Love what he says at :44
     
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    I would not be surprised to see the pac-12 or its member institutions to step up and bring students from each school to the tournament. NCAA games are fun because of the crowd, because of the students, because of the crazy stuff students do in the arenas. Without them there it is frankly quite boring. Look for the CUnit to not be alone by the time next year rolls around in the Pac-12 tournament.
     
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    What is the capcity for this arena? I remember watching something in there one time but dont recall it being that large, not that it needs to hold 20K after seeing the crowds last week at Staples but 10K would be nice.
     
  15. Buffnik

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    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bas...ce-moving-men-basketball-tournament-las-vegas

    Scott Sibella, the MGM Grand's president, said the arena would hold 14,000 to 15,000 fans for basketball.

    "It's a 3-year deal but we're going to prove to them that they're going to be here a lot longer than three years," Sibella said.
     
  16. Mick Ronson

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    yeah, or we could have it in Dallas. :rolleyes.

    hehe.
     

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