SEC slots St. Louis, Tampa as future league tourney hosts

SEC slots St. Louis, Tampa as future league tourney hosts

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

The SEC is holding its annual meetings in Destin, Fla., and so while most of the news will slant toward football, basketball is getting a few bullet points.

The conference has announced St. Louis and Tampa will get a crack at hosting the league tournament. St. Louis' chance comes in 2018, while Tampa has to wait until 2022, which is so far away we still don't even know who will be hosting the Olympics then.

St. Louis (Scottrade Center) will host because of Missouri's recent addition to the league. Tampa's hosted once before, in 2009.

While St. Louis and Tampa are now slotted, Nashville will continue to be the big winner. The league's essentially planting its basketball flag in the Music City, opting to play the SEC tournament there for the nine other years between 2015 and 2025.

The days of "Catlanta," where Kentucky fans would take over Atlanta for the SEC tourney, are over. The city hosted its final SEC men's bracket for at least 11 years this past March.

“I would like to thank Commissioner (Mike) Slive, his staff at the Southeastern Conference and my league counterparts for unanimously approving St. Louis' proposal to host the 2018 Southeastern Conference Tournament for men's basketball,” Missouri AD Mike Alden said.

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