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For the foreseeable future the only way the SEC is going to play basketball in Memphis is in an NCAA tournament game. The city of Memphis about a year ago when the SEC had it's men's basketball tournament up for bid submitted a bid to the SEC to host the tournament, but was passed up for Nashville, Atlanta, and New Orleans. That hasn't gone over too well with folks in the Bluff City (local officials, business leaders, convention and visitors bureau, etc). This was a hot button topic in the local media and on sports talk radio at the time.
As stated previously the U of Memphis' contract with the Grizzlies gives the Tigers the ability to veto any non UofM college basketball event at FedEx Forum other than the NCAA tournament. If Arkansas and UT want to play a game in the Memphis area their best bet is to do what Ole Miss currently does and play at the 8,000 seat Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS.
With that said UT coach Cuonzo Martin has come up with some creative ways of keeping a presence in Memphis. Just last summer they held a week long UT sponsored basketball camp in Memphis that had a pretty good turn out. Schools will still be able to recruit Memphis basketball talent even without playing Memphis in Memphis. The Tigers can't take them all, but they do want to make sure they get elite home grown prospects.
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