Postcards from Pat: March 15, 2013


Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — I’m one of those people who think the SEC Tournament should always be in Nashville. It’s so convenient with the downtown strip being right around the corner from the arena.

The tourney moves back to Atlanta before two more years in Nashville. The 2017, ‘18 and ‘20 tournaments are under negotiation, SEC commissioner Mike Slive told me, and an announcement could come soon. Kansas City is a likely spot and it could also be in Texas one of those years.

The theory has been to move it around, to showcase SEC basketball in different regions of the Southeast. But to that I say, it’s not working. The league is struggling to be relevant.

The Georgia Dome is too big for a basketball tournament like this. It’s fine for the Final Four, which is where it is this year, but for a tournament like this it feels like you’re playing hoops in a football stadium, which you are.

New Orleans, they just don’t care when the tournament is there. Tampa, where it was in 2008, was an embarrassment because Florida and Kentucky were down that year.

Baseball is all about getting to Omaha. SEC football is all about getting to Atlanta. Why not make the SEC Tournament synonymous with one city?

-- Pat Dooley

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