The Center of the Big 12: Oklahoma City Remains Busy with Events

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Oklahoma City isn't the center of the universe for everyone, but for this year, it's certainly the center of the Big 12 Conference, and not just geographically.

All roads have led here on many occasions as the city has been a huge player in conference activities this year.

Oklahoma City has hosted championship tournaments in men's and women's basketball and softball and is getting ready to host the baseball championship for the 28th time in the past 30 years.

There's a reason Oklahoma City is so busy, according to Big 12 Conference Associate Commissioner Tim Allen.

"When we hold an event in Oklahoma City, we always have the highest expectations of fan support and community involvement, and we haven't been disappointed," Allen said. "We have those high expectations because Oklahoma City has always lived up to them. It's such a great collegiate sports community, and it's topped off by the All Sports Association, which is such a great ambassador and does as good as job as any other local association in the cities of the conference."

The Big 12 has taken bids for future tournaments and is currently in the processing of deciding future dates and sites. Allen said some sports championships will be decided for up to the next five years.

Oklahoma City has made another bid for basketball tournaments, and Tulsa also has joined in the mix.

"We already have decided the 2007-08 basketball championships will be in Kansas City, Mo., and that the 2007 football championship will be in San Antonio, Texas," Allen said.

The city is coming off a three-day stint last weekend at the Big 12 Softball Championships at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. All Sports Association Executive Director Tim Brassfield said the final attendance and budget numbers have not been completed, but said the tournament was another local success. …