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Las Vegas selected to host Olympic basketball qualifier

Updated: October 29, 2006, 9:56 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

USA Basketball's path to the 2008 Beijing Olympics became a bit easier Sunday night when FIBA Americas awarded the Tournament of Americas to Las Vegas next summer.

USA Basketball promised $3 million to FIBA Americas, a figure that ultimately beat out Puerto Rico's bid. FIBA Americas also, in a release late Sunday night from its headquarters in San Juan, cited the commercial impact of having the "FIBA brand with the NBA," as a deciding factor.

The event was originally awarded to Venezuela, ...

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