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Big Ten Basketball Tourney Moves to D.C. in 2017

Updated: 05/06/2014 4:33 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 4:25 PM KSTP.com

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany says Washington will host the league's 2017 men's basketball tournament and join a "rotation" with Chicago and Indianapolis.

Says Delany: "We've come here not to visit, but to live."

Delany officially announced Tuesday that Washington's Verizon Center — home of the NBA's Wizards and NHL's Capitals, as well as Georgetown men's basketball — will host the Big Ten tournament on March 8-12, 2017.

He is aware some fans would prefer that the event stay in the Midwest. Delany also remembers there were those who thought it was a bad idea to add Penn State as a league member or to create a television network — both of which he says turned out to be successes.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany speaks during a news conference at Verizon Center, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Washington. Delany announced that the 2017 Big Ten conference men's basketball tournament will be held in Washington.
Photo: AP/ Evan Vucci
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany speaks during a news conference at Verizon Center, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Washington. Delany announced that the 2017 Big Ten conference men's basketball tournament will be held in Washington.
Photo: AP/ Evan Vucci
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, center, looks on as Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, left, shakes hands with Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon after a news conference at Verizon Center, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Washington.
Photo: AP/ Evan Vucci

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