Nashville could be home to SEC men’s basketball tournament

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The SEC men's basketball tournament is ready to settle down and Nashville could become its permanent home.

SEC officials, coaches and athletic directors are all in Sandestin, Florida for the league's spring meeting.

Commissioner Mike Slive said the league voted unanimously to explore a primary site for the men's basketball tournament.

He noted the success in making Atlanta the host of the football title game as part of the thinking behind the idea.

Scott Ramsey, the President of the Nashville Sports Council, is also in Florida for the meetings.

He said they're excited about the vote and it's now ‘pedal to the metal' for Nashville to become the primary site.

Nashville hosted this year's tournament and is scheduled to host again in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Ramsey said he would like to fill in those holes to hold the tournament here in Nashville permanently.

He said that with the new Omni Hotel and Convention Center, as well as the space the Bridgestone Arena gives, Nashville will make a great case to win the men's tournament.

Other than Nashville, the tournament has been played in Tampa, Atlanta and New Orleans over the last five years.

SEC officials wrap up their Spring meetings from Sandestin at the end of the week.

In-depth talks about a more permanent SEC basketball tournament home will continue in the coming months.

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