Big 12 to play football championship in Dallas, basketball in K.C.

May 24, 2007
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Big 12 Conference's board of directors approved proposals Thursday to hold ts football championship in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium and the basketball title game in Kansas City's Sprint Center.
The games will be held in the venues over a two-year period, beginning with the 2009-10 season. The deals are pending completion of facilities and negotiations.
At its annual spring meeting, the board also approved a proposal to move the men's basketball championship game from Sunday to Saturday, beginning with the 2008-09 season. The game will be televised on ESPN between the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals and the Big East final. The women's game will be held Sunday.
The switch will give the NCAA men's selection committee more time to evaluate Big 12 teams.
Kansas City, Mo., will host the basketball tournament next season, while San Antonio be the site of the football championship. The board awarded Kansas City the basketball tournament over Tulsa, Okla.; Omaha, Neb.; and Dallas.
The board also voted to hold the 2008-09 football championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The '09 basketball tournament will take place in Oklahoma City.
Dallas's state-of-the-art, 100,000-seat facility is raking in new business. NFL owners recently voted to play the 2011 Super Bowl in the stadium in Arlington, Texas.
"There's always an attractiveness to new facilities," Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said. "We're optimistic it (the stadiums) will be done."
Weiberg said there was a strong desire to be in Dallas' new stadium when it's scheduled to open in 2009.
The committee reaffirmed the conference's strong opposition to any major playoff proposal. However, the league would be open to a plus-one system, under the right circumstances. Such a system would settle which team is No. 1 by playing an extra game.
"A number of criteria would have to be satisfied," said Harvey Perlman, Nebraska's chancellor and chairman of the board of directors. "No more than 14 games, no games during finals, no reduction in the regular season and a compatibility with the bowl structure."