Memphis' drought as SEC host city continues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - It's been 14 years since Memphis last hosted a Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament. And the city has never hosted a baseball tournament.

It's going to be some time before the drought ends.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive told the Commercial Appeal last week that an incumbent city always has the advantage.

As a result, the league's athletic directors voted to send the basketball tournament back to Nashville in 2015, 2016 and 2019. That means five SEC men's tournaments for Nashville between 2010 and 2019.

And the league decided to sign a 5-year contract to play the baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala.

But Memphis isn't giving up. Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the city will continue to work to host SEC events.

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