When Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC, Kansas Citians feared that the city would lose one of its signature sporting events: the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament. In June, the Sprint Center and the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation laid those fears to rest by locking up the tourney through 2016. And the conference also received first refusal on championship dates after 2016. "This agreement solidifies the fact that Kansas City is Big 12 country," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. The Big 12's marquee event is staying in a state without a member institution? That's some serious dealmaking voodoo, and we approve.
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