TULSA, OKLA. Eighteen cities are looking to lure the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and its national men's basketball tournament from Tulsa.
Tulsa was among the cities that responded to the NAIA's request for proposals to be host to league offices and the tournament.
Other cities are Branson, Mo., Chula Vista, Calif., Cleveland, Ohio, Denton, Texas, Fort Wayne, Ind., Grand Rapids, Mich., Hardin County and Jackson, Tenn., Jackson, Miss., Kingsport, Tenn., Lexington, Ky., Lincoln, Neb., Louisville, Ky., Memphis, Tenn., Mobile, Ala., Muncie, Ind., Olathe and St. Charles, Mo.
The NAIA, which moved to Tulsa in 1992 from Kansas City, Mo., wants a new office that will include a museum, hall of fame and a character center to host seminars on sportsmanship.
The league is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Tulsa Convention Center.