An agreement has been reached to keep the Pac-10 tournament in Staples Center through at least 2012.
The tournament has been based in L.A. since it was reinstituted in 2002.
Some league coaches had advocated rotating the tournament among other sites in the interest of competitive fairness, and bids were taken from other interested cities including Seattle. However, Fox Sports Net, which owns the rights to the tournament, decided to extend its agreement with Staples Center.
"Staples is a world-class arena, located in a primary media market within the conference's footprint," Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said.
I personally would have favored rotation the tournament or -- as I have mentioned -- moving it to Las Vegas, which is more centrally located and the kind of place I think could draw fans into attending year in and year out.
However, the fun factor of the Staples site is expected to go up over the next couple of years as an entertainment complex called LA Live rises across the street on the site of a former parking lot.
LA Live will feature hotel space, meeting space and lots of eating and entertainment options that spokesmen at today's press conference believe could form a "campus" able to serve as the heart of visiting fan's Pac-10 tournament experience.
Sounds like an upgrade, even it it isn't Vegas.