Big 12 awards basketball championship to KC

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ The new Sprint Center in Kansas
City will host the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament in the
spring of 2010 and 2011.
The conference also awarded the Big 12 football title game to
the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in 2009 and 2010. Both deals are
pending negotiations and the completion of facilities.
Big 12 officials meeting in Colorado Springs made the
announcement today.
The conference also is moving the men's basketball championship
game from Sunday to Saturday, beginning with the 2009 tournament.
The game will be televised on E-S-P-N between the Atlantic Coast
Conference semifinals and the Big East finals.
The women's game will now be held Sunday.
The switch gives the N-C-double-A men's selection committee more
time to evaluate Big 12 teams.
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Kansas City will host the basketball tournament next season. It
goes to Oklahoma City in 2009 before returning to Kansas City for
two years.
San Antonio hosts the football championship this fall. Arrowhead
Stadium in Kansas City gets the title game after the 2008 season
before it moves to the Cowboys' new facility the next two years.

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