Future of college basketball uncertain as Big 12 tournament arrives in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo – This week the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships return to Kansas City. But in the meantime, there are new concerns about the future of the basketball museum next to the T-Mobile Center and the group that runs it.
“It’s disappointing that we can’t show our fans what it looks like and what it looks like,” said Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Athletic Commission.
Fans coming to Kansas City for the Big 12 Championships will miss much of the fanfare, including the College Basketball Experience after a car crashed into the building.
That and COVID-19 sideline the experience.
“We know what not only the museum does, but this attraction for the fans, and when we bring people to town they love to go there,” Nelson said. “Also having a business located here, their head office is here, that’s important.”
At the end of 2020, the Kansas City Council voted to cancel an estimated $ 400,000 on a nearly $ 1.2 million loan to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation for cost overruns during construction. from the T-Mobile Center. the the city also pledged to invest $ 250,000 in improvements over five years.
“It’s such added value at the T-Mobile Center, and we want them to stay here in the city,” said City Councilor Melissa Robinson, who is on the finance committee that drafted the agreement. “So that’s a big part of why we made the decision to make these concessions.”
Robinson believed the talks about moving the KC organization were over, but was taken aback by what the NABC told FOX4. When asked if the organization was staying in town, she sent this statement:
“The NABC is currently undergoing a review of its operations and the location of its offices. As this process is ongoing, we have no additional comments at this time. “
“I did not remove from the conversation that an assessment was underway,” said Robinson. “I think this decision was crucial for them to decide to stay here, so it’s a bit worrying that they’re still having a dialogue and arguing about this.”
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