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March Madness comes to Las Vegas

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March Madness is already well under way, and Las Vegas is among the centers of the hype.

Our city will host four conference tournaments this week. Attendees are expected to spend plenty of money.

Over the next 11 days, 40 schools will compete for NCAA spots.

Pac-12 men's basketball teams have joined the party this year with a three-year commitment to Las Vegas, following the lead of the West Coast Conference, Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Las Vegas is a destination that creates excitement for both fans and players. While in the past there has been concern about casinos and nightlife proving a distraction for players, Scott said it won't be an issue.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the four conference tournaments are expected to produce an economic impact of $25 million before gaming is factored in.

On Monday, the week's festivities will kick off with the West Coast Conference championship game between Gonzaga and Saint Mary's. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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