Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament will be moving to Las Vegas with the women’s tournament to Seattle in 2013
The Pac-12 will move the conference basketball tournament inÂ 2013 from Staples Center in Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The new agreement will have the tournament in Las Vegas till 2015 with all games being televised on FOX and ESPN.
â€œThis is an exciting opportunity for us to create a new, dynamic atmosphere for our schools, our student-athletes and our fans,â€ Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. â€œLas 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.â€
Los Angeles will lose a major event that has been hosted at Staples Center for the last 11 years. The bidding process took 10 months but Las Vegas went all in to take the tournament away from the city of Los Angeles.
Under the 12-year TV rights agreement that was recently signed between FOX and ESPN they will rotate each year as the licensed broadcaster of the Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game. They will both carry a game in the quarterfinals, semifinal and championship game during the years under the TV agreement. ESPN will be the licensed broadcaster in 2013 with all first round and second round games to be shown on the new PAC-12 network which will be launched in August 2012.
President and COO of MGM Grand Scott Sibella said,Â â€œHosting the 2013 Pac-12 Menâ€™s Basketball Tournament is a tremendous opportunity for MGM Grand and the city of Las Vegasâ€. â€œPartnering 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.â€
Los Angeles did not only lose the men’s basketball tournament but also the women’s basketball tournament which has been held at USC’s Galen Center for the past 10 years. The tournament will be moving out to Seattle next year at the Key Arena. The women’s tournament will begin a week before the men’s tournament in 2013.