Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Nashville Sports Council Announces Historic Partnership with Southeastern Conference

sec espn 300NASHVILLE, Tn. (10/15/13) – The Nashville Sports Council announced a historic deal with the Southeastern Conference to make Nashville and the Bridgestone Arena the site for twelve consecutive SEC Basketball Championships. The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be hosted nine times (2015-2017, 2019-2021, 2023-2025) and the SEC Women’s Tournament will be hosted three times (2018, 2022, 2026).
 
"The entire Nashville community is honored to be named as the host city for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and have the opportunity to continue to host the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament during the next 12 years,” said Scott Ramsey, President & CEO, Nashville Sports Council. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the SEC and ESPN to create a showcase event for SEC basketball teams, coaches and fans."
 
In May, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced that the league’s athletic directors had voted unanimously to explore a primary site for the men’s basketball tournament.

“Nashville has long been a valued partner of the Southeastern Conference and we are pleased to establish this long-term agreement that will benefit our men’s and women’s basketball tournaments,” Slive said. “Nashville, as a proven host, provides SEC teams and fans with a wonderful experience.”
 
“We couldn’t be more excited to make Nashville and Bridgestone Arena the home of Southeastern Conference basketball for years to come,” Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena President and COO Sean Henry said. “We have been able to build a tremendous partnership with the SEC through unwavering support from the Nashville Sports Council, Metro and basketball fans throughout the United States, and we look forward to making our partnership even stronger during the 12 tournament run hosted by Bridgestone Arena. We have an ultimate goal to make Bridgestone Arena the No. 1 entertainment venue in the country, and being selected by the SEC to host its tournaments is just another milestone towards achieving that goal.”
 
The Nashville Sports Council has hosted an SEC Basketball Championship at the Bridgestone Arena nine times in its history. The men’s tournament was played in Nashville in 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2013, with the women playing in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
 
“Nashville is proud to be selected as the primary site of SEC basketball,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “Whenever the tournament is in town, our entire downtown is energized. Our hotels, restaurants and the honkytonks on Lower Broadway all benefit from the thousands of visitors that the tournament draws, and tournament visitors benefit from the wonderful food, music and hospitality Nashville has to offer. The tournaments are going to be a great experience for the fans and a great win for our tourism industry.”
 
Through the Nashville Sports Council’s Scorecard Analysis, the men’s tournaments hosted in Nashville have produced $56 million in direct economic impact and drawn nearly 750,000 attendees. The women’s tournaments hosted in Nashville have produced $35 million in direct economic impact and attracted over 200,000 attendees. The tournaments will also help bolster Nashville’s image. All games of the each tournament will be nationally televised through the SEC Network, ESPN, or ABC.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by John Hayden (UK Athletics)

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16
button coupons

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,672.60
-141.38 (-0.79%)    
2 S&P 2,051.82
-11.33 (-0.55%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,757.88
+7.48 (0.16%)    
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16
button classifieds

In Other News...

Woman Injured When Vehicle Leaves Road, Strikes Tree

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/23/15) — A Central City woman was injured during a one-vehicle collision today, Jan. 23 on… Read More

Webster County to Host Mini Cheer Clinic

DIXON, Ky. (1/23/15) — The Webster County High School cheerleading program will host a mini cheer clinic Feb. 7-12 in… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

January 18, 2015 9452

Cholesterol Levels May Not Have Same Relationship…

in Top News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 19, 2015 8529

Two-Year-Old Child Dies after Being Struck by…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul Ray
January 19, 2015 8407

UPDATE - Lady Mustangs Fall to South Warren

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
January 22, 2015 6663

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 19, 2015 6543

Muhlenberg Board of Education Special Called…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Sherri Miller
January 23, 2015 6421

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Top News For All Sites by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 20, 2015 6250

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 18, 2015 5682

KSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting In…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Trooper S. C. Recke
January 23, 2015 5084

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 4916

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd

Stories Trending Today

January 23, 2015 6421

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Top News For All Sites by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 23, 2015 5084

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 23, 2015 3702

Nortonville Woman Charged for Meth Possession

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 23, 2015 2359

Woman Injured When Vehicle Leaves Road, Strikes…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper S.C. Recke
January 23, 2015 2338

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 23, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 23, 2015 2146

Free Ballroom Dance Lessons Begin

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 23, 2015 2013

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
January 23, 2015 1867

Next School Board Meeting Moved in Anticipation…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Muhlenberg County Board of Education
January 23, 2015 1848

Accused Ferrell’s Robber Moves from Hospital to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 23, 2015 1737

Senator Wendell Ford to Lie in State in Capitol…

in Top News For All Sites by Office of the Governor

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flr subscribevideoitunessocial rss