Nashville to Stock Up on SEC Men's Basketball Tournaments

10/14/13 in NCAABB   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Mar 17, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; The Mississippi Rebels celebrate a win over the Florida Gators during the championship game of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Rebels beat the Gators 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY SportsIt looks like the SEC has found its permanent home for their men's conference basketball tournament every March.

A report from ESPN's Brett McMurphy suggests that the "historic announcement" that is set take place between the league and the city of Nashville on Tuesday is one that will award the SEC men's basketball tournament to Music City quite a bit over the next 10 years or so.

Atlanta, St. Louis, and Tampa will each host the tourney once from now until 2025, but the rest will belong to Nashville in what is undoubtedly a smart move by the league.

Of course, SEC basketball fans in those cities (especially Atlanta) won't be happy with this development. 

However, considering that the conference already has the SEC Championship game in football set at the Georgia Dome, it makes sense for them to seek another location for their second biggest event.

It will also be nice for the SEC to move away from the dome atmosphere for basketball.

Sure, the NCAA has decided to place the biggest games of the NCAA tournament inside of a dome on a regular basis. But there's a large contingent of fans that absolute despise watching basketball in a dome. And I include myself in that group.

Obviously though, moving to the Bridgestone Arena isn't the biggest Nashville draw for the SEC. It's the city itself, which offers up an awesome atmosphere and has plenty of drawing power for those visiting from other parts of the country.

All things considered, this is an excellent move by the league and should be one that provides fans with the ultimate SEC experience in Nashville for many years to come.

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