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Raleigh Official Lobbies to Retain MEAC

Assistant City Manager Lawrence Wray said Thursday that the annual MEAC basketball tournament needs to stay in Raleigh.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Assistant City Manager Lawrence Wray said Thursday that the annual MEAC basketball tournament needs to stay in Raleigh.

Wray said he is negotiating to retain the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, which ended its three-year run in Raleigh this week. He called himself "one of the few fighting for you" in addressing conference officials.

But MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said it's pretty much "a done deal" that the conference would find a new home for its tournament next year. Four to five other cities have expressed interest in the tournament, he said.

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