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Report: Memphis close to being named home of first AAC tournament

Jun 6, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

FedExForum

For a while now, it has been speculated that Memphis was the favorite to host the American Athletic Conference tournament next season.

Now comes this dispatch from Memphis native Gary Parrish:

American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco visited FedExForum on Wednesday and will, barring a major change of plans, announce “sooner rather than later” that his league’s first men’s basketball tournament will be played in Memphis’ downtown arena, a source told CBSSports.com.

It’s a location that does make sense. FedExForum is an NBA arena, the fan base in Memphis is passionate about their hoops, and in a league that includes teams from Florida, Texas, Connecticut and Cincinnati, Memphis is fairly centrally located.

Oh, and there’s Beale Street.

And who doesn’t love Beale Street?

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