With UNLV winning the tourney both years since it has returned to LV, Thompson is hearing the grumblings...
Briefs: Thompson says Denver to be considered
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 03/21/2008 0245 AM MDT
Pepsi Center NCAA Tournament director Craig Thompson, a.k.a. the commissioner of the host Mountain West Conference, watched the building fill up early Thursday morning.
"This is not a throwaway site," Thompson said of the MWC abandoning Denver in favor of returning the MWC Tournament back to Las Vegas. "I do not know why we wouldn't consider it again."
The league played the tournament in Denver from 2004-06 to take advantage of a neutral site after coaches complained UNLV had too much of an advantage on its home court. There was tepid fan response, especially the first year, when the NCAA Tournament followed into town.
Now, after UNLV won both years since returning to Las Vegas, there's more inevitable complaining, despite increased attendance.
Thompson expects the league presidents will revisit the issue before the Las Vegas contract runs out after 2010.