by Alejandro de los Rios
New Orleans was among ten cities to submit a bid to host the NCAA Final Four between 2012-2016. The other cities looking to host are Dallas, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Atlanta, Minniapolis, St. Louis, San Antonio, Detroit and Houston. 10 cities vying for 5 spots seems daunting but several factors come into play. You can all but eliminate Detroit and Houston since they're already set to host the Final Four in 2009 and 2011, repectively. Dallas and Phoenix are almost sure-fire candidates because of their new domed stadiums. All that leaves six cities and three slots. This city's recent strides to recovery and the successful hosting of both the BCS National Championship game and the NBA All-Star game this year should bode well for the Big Easy's chances.
But still, keep your fingers crossed.