CAA to move men's basketball tournament to Baltimore, sources say

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The Colonial Athletic Association is bringing its postseason men’s basketball tournament to Baltimore, two league sources told The Baltimore Sun.

According to one of the sources, the tournament will be held at 1st Mariner Arena beginning in 2013-14 and will played there for three years.

An official announcement is expected to be made Wednesday in Baltimore.

It will mark the first time the league’s postseason tournament will be played outside of Virginia since the CAA was established in 1982-83.

The CAA is based in Richmond, Va., and its postseason tournament has been held there since 1990.

The shifting membership of the league impacted the decision to move the tournament, since Baltimore is centrally located between its most northern and southern members.

Once dominated by Virginia schools, the CAA lost Virginia Commonwealth this year to the Atlantic 10 and will lose Old Dominion next year to Conference USA. Georgia State, currently the southern-most school, is also leaving next year, for the Sun Belt Conference.

With the addition of current Southern Conference member College of Charleston next year, the CAA will have 10 schools located from Boston (Northeastern) to Charleston. There will only be three Virginia schools left — George Mason, James Madison and William & Mary.

According to one league source, Towson athletic director Mike Waddell and Terry Hasseltine, director of sports marketing for the Maryland Stadium Authority, have been working together with arena officials in securing the event.

Neither Waddell nor Hasseltine were available for comment.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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