SEC bringing basketball tournament to St. Louis

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Tampa and St. Louis will join Nashville in the tournament rotation.

Understandably, all anyone wants to talk about at the SEC meetings is football, but the conference managed to sneak in some basketball tidbits, the most important of which was about its future basketball tournaments.

News also broke that the rest of the tournaments between now and 2025 will be in Nashville — a regular, along with the Georgia Dome, which is leaving the rotation — but the inclusion of Tampa and St. Louis is interesting. Tampa has never in its history gotten excited about sports, while St. Louis is yet another instance of a conference trying to expand its footprint to accommodate its new members.

The Big Ten played the #footprint game with Washington, D.C., but that seemed to make more sense. DC a lot of Big Ten alums, and a larger general population. St. Louis isn't a particularly coveted or contested market, and it certainly isn't a major hub of non-Mizzou SEC fans.

It's only a one-year move, so this isn't a drastic change for the conference. Still, it will be interesting to see if the SEC benefits from this, because there doesn't appear to be much of a gain from a #footprint or geographic perspective.

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