In an effort to secure the 2014 C-USA men's and women's basketball tournament, El Paso city council voted yesterday to offer up to $500,000 in additional guarantees.  That's $300,000 more than requested by local officials to lure the tournament back to El Paso.  The city had originally guaranteed $250,000 to host the 2014 tournament.

C-USA officials will meet next week to decide where the 2014 tournament will be held.  Other cities in the running are Memphis and Orlando.  Orlando has offered a $750,000 guarantee while Memphis has offered $900,000.

In a cost cutting tweak from '11, both tournaments would be played at the Haskins Center.  That move would save an estimated $250,000.

For more information on the city's effort to lure the 2014 tournament to El Paso check out Marty Schladen's article on

At the risk of drudging up too many painful memories, here is the grand finale to the 2011 tournament.


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