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Published: Saturday, Aug. 13 2011 12:42 a.m. MDT

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SoCalUtahFan
Irvine, CA

That is awesome for Utes.
Utes fans in Utah can see the games live--more than "exposure" on ESPN!
hahaha.

Go Utes!

KamUte
South Jordan, UT

As a traveling fan, my choice would be in a warmer weather locations with other attractions like Vegas, San Diego, or Anaheim/Los Angeles area. Phoenix and Tuscon are boring.

It would be cool to have our conference play at the ESA but may be a long shot. Never say never. Can you imagine UCLA, USC, Stanford, Arizona, California (Texas, Oklahoma?) playing here? That would be better than an NCAA sub regional.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

PAC12 want Revenue. Not going to happen at ESA and they will say it is too cold to most west coast and AZ fans.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

There are plus and minuses to having it in one place each year and traveling around.

Personally, in terms of competition, I believe it's best to have the tourneys move from location to location year-to-year. UNLV's advantage in the MWC is not to be scoffed at.

Nikon Guy
Henderson, NV

Kind of ironic Utah fans and coaches were upset the MWC tournament was in Vegas because it gave UNLV an unfair advantage but now SLC wants to host the PAC-12 tourney. I know SLC and the U are two separate entities and the tournament would be held off campus from the university but it's kind of funny how that would supposedly give Utah an unfair advantage.

kitsutsuki
South Jordan, Utah

They are looking for a place where the home team is so bad that the "home court advantage" will be negated.

The Utah basketball program is the worst in the PAC 10.2.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Nikon Guy

Have you seen utah's basketball team play the last several years? Frankly I doubt letting then play in the huntsman center and spotting them a 20 point lead would give them any sort of advantage. utah has an incredibly aweful basketball program these days.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Nikon Guy:

It also kind of funny hearing someone from the greater Las Vegas area calling out Utah for petitioning to bring the Tournament to SLC.

I don't see anyone saying Utah wouldn't have an advantage by bringing the tournament to their doorstep (although I DO see one cougar fan who doubts it). And really...what's wrong with petitioning to bring the tournament here? If the tournament were held in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix, or Denver -- cities who are ALSO petitioning for preferred venue -- a distinct advantage will be bestowed upon Washington, Oregon/Oregon St, Stanford/California, Arizona St, and Colorado respectively. So what? Did you think we would have pushed for THAT instead?

Las Vegas might actually be the best destination in terms of available hotels, daily flights to and from, and "neutrality" in home court advantage, but the Huntsman Center has the advantage in tournament experience, and, it IS the largest basketball arena in the Pac-12.

Go Utes!

Nikon Guy
Henderson, NV

@ Naval Vet

There's nothing wrong with SLC trying to host the PAC-12 tourney. In fact more power to the group petioning for it. But I doubt SLC will get it becuase it's really not a tourist desination especially in March. I just made an observation. I'm not trying to provoke anybody. I'm just sayin'...

riddlemethis
Clearfield, UT

Naval Vet:

"It [sic] also kind of funny hearing someone from the greater Las Vegas area calling out Utah for petitioning to bring the Tournament to SLC."
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What's funny is that you assume someone from Henderson is a UNLV fan.
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"Las Vegas might actually be the best destination in terms of available hotels, daily flights to and from, and "neutrality" in home court advantage, but the Huntsman Center has the advantage in tournament experience, and, it IS the largest basketball arena in the Pac-12."
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The PAC 12 tournament is not currently held in a PAC 12 arena. The PAC 12 tournament may come to SLC but not to the HC.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

OK, against my inherent dislike for NavalVet, I recommended his post.

He is dead on right.

Why not have the conference tourney in SLC.

Sure, it's cold. For players, and fans, that is a plus, because there is nothing to do that week but watch quality basketball.

And if it gives the Utes an added incentive, no problem.

I'm tired of Larry Scott coming into Utah and talking... It's time for him to show some love to Utah.

Let's move the tournaments away from the mecca of gamblers and bring some money to the state.

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

I guess it is neutral floor since Utah can't compete.

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