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Memphis Selected as Host of 2019 American Tournament

July 10, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today that FedExForum in Memphis will host the 2019 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, March 14-17. FedExForum, home of the University of Memphis Tigers and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, was the site of the Conference’s inaugural tournament in 2014.

All 12 American Athletic Conference schools will participate in the 2019 championship. The format calls for four first-round games on the first day, followed by four quarterfinal matchups, two semifinal contests and the championship game. The ESPN family of networks again will provide television and digital coverage of the tournament.

“We are pleased to be returning to Memphis and FedExForum for our Conference Championship,” Aresco said. “The City of Memphis graciously welcomed us for our first-ever league tournament in 2014 and our student-athletes, coaches and fans experienced a first-class weekend. This is a great basketball town that supports and appreciates the sport. I am certain that we will enjoy another terrific and competitive event in 2019, and I want to thank Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen, Jason Wexler, President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum, and Kevin Kane, President and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, for their efforts in bringing our Championship back to Memphis.”  

“I am honored that my fellow Athletic Directors, Commissioner Aresco and the Conference leadership selected the City of Memphis to host the 2019 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament,” University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen said. “This is the result of a remarkable collaborative effort between FedExForum leadership, Kevin Kane and his team, the City of Memphis, and my office. I am confident, that together, we can deliver another exciting post-season experience for the student-athletes, coaches, fans and administrators across the American Athletic Conference.”



“We are extremely pleased that the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament is returning to Memphis and FedExForum in 2019,” said Jason Wexler, President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum. “We look forward to working with the Memphis Tigers and the American Athletic Conference to provide an outstanding tournament experience for the schools, student-athletes and basketball fans.”

The Amway Center in Orlando, Florida will be the site of the 2018 American Men’s Basketball Championship, March 8-11. The Conference is expected to announce the sites of the 2020-22 championships in the upcoming weeks.


The American Athletic Conference (The American), a member of the NCAA, was reconstituted in 2013. With the conference office in Providence, Rhode Island, The American is comprised of the following institutions: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy (in football only), USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. Wichita State (basketball and Olympic sports) joined the Conference on July 1, 2017. Under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Aresco, The American sponsors 21 championships – 10 for men and 11 for women; is a member of the College Football Playoff; began new television partnerships with ESPN and CBS Sports in 2014; and has a marketing partnership with IMG College. For more information, please visit