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CIAA might announce tournament future today

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    Members of the Shaw University "Lady Bears" celebrate their CIAA Women's Championship game victory over Fayetteville State University on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Shaw defeated Fayetteville State 73-70.
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    Yolanda Adams cheers as Malik Spence of Livre’ sings Friday. Adams hosted her nationally syndicated radio show from the Charlotte Convention Center as part of the CIAA Toyota Fan Experience.
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    Sammy Reed of the Charlotte Fire Department talks with Barber Scotia College students at the CIAA Career Expo Day on Thursday.
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    Winston-Salem State's Tyre Desmore (14) drives to the basket over Livingstone College's Cornelius Johnson (50) during the Men's Championship game in CIAA action on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Livingstone defeated Winston-Salem 83-68.
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    Johnson C. Smith University's Antwan Wilkerson (23) throws down a two-handed dunk vs Winston-Salem State University in 2014 CIAA Basketball Tournament action at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC on Friday, February 28, 2014.

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CIAA officials have called a news conference for Monday afternoon to discuss “future years of the men’s and women’s basketball tournament,” amid speculation that the event might be staying in Charlotte.

The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The location of the news conference – in Charlotte – and the fact that Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is scheduled to be at the event fuels speculation that CIAA officials have decided to keep the tournament in Charlotte.

The CIAA, based in Hampton, Va., has held the tournament in Charlotte for nine years, but the contract between the two parties ended after this year’s event, which came to an end Saturday night. The deal called for the CIAA to hold the tournament in Charlotte, and in return, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority paid the conference $1 million for scholarships and tournament expenses.

Charlotte officials estimate the tournament annually brings $40 million in revenue from visitors and fills 40,000 hotel rooms.

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter, who is also scheduled to be at Monday afternoon’s news conference, said recently that the league has received interest from a number of other cities to serve as host.

Some experts said last month that the CIAA might be looking for more money from the tournament’s host city.

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