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Madison sweetens offer to keep WIAA tournaments


MADISON (AP) -- Madison is stepping up efforts to keep the state boys and girls basketball tournaments.

The WIAA is considering moving the tournament as early as 2013 because of scheduling conflicts at the Kohl Center. The WIAA's agreement with the Kohl Center expires in 2013.

The tournaments generate an estimated $9 million in spending.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pursing options to make the Kohl Center available on the WIAA's preferred dates and hoteliers are preparing a proposal to make the event more affordable to visitors.

The WIAA will choose between Madison or moving to the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

Madison has hosted the boys tournament for 90 of the last 91 years and the girls since its debut in 1976.

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