Aresco talks turkey (well, tourney)

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco held press conference with the media Friday afternoon in Memphis. (By media, I mean eight scribes from Connecticut and few scattered others).

A few of the highlights:

The league hasn’t decided to return to Memphis next year, yet, though that seems likely.

“We’ve always been of the mind that we would be open-minded regarding a site for next year,” Aresco said. “It doesn’t suggest that we’re in any way dissatisfied with Memphis. We like it here but we’re going to look around.”

It will be “about a month” before that decision is made.

Orlando seems a strong possibility for the 2016 event.

“Orlando is one of the cities that has expressed real interest in our tournament,” Aresco said.

Having the men’s and women’s event staged at the same site isn’t likely to happen (sorry, Mohegan Sun).

“The women’s tournament would be overshadowed a bit by the men’s. You wouldn’t want to see that happen,” Aresco said.

It will likely be 1- and 2-year deals as the league goes forward.

“Regardless of where we are next year, we plan to move around every year or two, at least for our first decade or so,” Aresco said. “That could change but our feeling is we really need to plant our flag in various places. … Obviously we have tilted toward places where we thought we had a built-in fan base.”



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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