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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 9, 2007 at 6:10 PM

Back at Staples, Tourney to stay in LA through 2012

While the Huskies are gone, we are still here, ready to cover the rest of the Pac-10 Tournament, so we’ll continue to check in here from time to time.
The big news this afternoon was the announcement that the Pac-10 Tournament will stay at the Staples Center through 2012.
Officials for the Pac-10, Fox and the Staples Center said that other cities — including Seattle — put in bids to host the tournament.
But ultimately, Fox Sports Enterprises — which runs the tournament — wanted to keep it in LA where its base is and where it feels the tournament can be most successful.
“We feel building equity in a market is crucial,” said Mitch Huberman, senior vice president of Fox Sports Enterprises. “As well as a chance to build a destination for schools.”
A Staples Center official said the tournament is among the most important events the arena hosts, right with the Emmys and the Grammys.
Pac-10 officials pointed to some improvements being made in the area that will make the tournament more of a happening for those who attend. A $2 billion complex of hotels, restaurants and clubs is being built across the street from Staples, with some of it due to be open next season.
The new five-year deal coincides with the five-year TV contract between Fox and the Pac-10.

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