TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The NCAA has turned down Arizona State's bid to host a portion of the 1994 men's basketball tournament and school officials feel it's because of fallout from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday vote. NCAA basketball officials gave other reasons.
Arizona voters rejected a paid state holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader Nov. 6.
ASU submitted a bid to be the site of the 1994 West Regional final or at least host first-round and second-round games that year.
But the NCAA informed university officials last week by letter that the Sports Arena in Los Angeles has been selected as the 1994 West Regional final site with first-round and second-round games at Sacramento and Ogden, Utah.
Joe Quinlan, the assistant director of the NCAA Division I basketball championship, denied that the King controversy cost Arizona State the bid.
"The reason, quite simply, is the 1992 first and second rounds will be held in Tempe," said Quinlan. "The sites selected in 1994 are either sites where we have not been in some time or where we've never been before."
Quinlan said Ogden hasn't hosted a regional since 1986, Sacramento has never hosted one and neither has the Sports Arena.