CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The future of next year's CIAA tournament is still in question, and city leaders said that they won't know if they can keep the tournament until it hears from the CIAA.
Jacqie Carpenter, the commissioner of the conference, which is made-up of 12 mostly-historically black colleges and universities, said that "Charlotte shouldn't be worried but... I think there are some things structurally that we need to work on".
Within weeks, and possibly as soon as this week, the conference will send out a request for proposals, RFPs, to a number of cities including Charlotte, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Raleigh.
"It needs to be a win-win for everyone, and I think Charlotte is capable of doing that," said Carpenter.
Once those are received city leaders say they will know exactly where they stand and how they can work on keeping the event that generates more than $47 million annually to the region.
"Until we can see what the ask is in the RFP, we can then make some level of determination of what it is that we can do and versus what we can't do, and it may be that we can do it all,” said Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.
"It's something that's been very good for our city and it provides a strong economic impact. We should do all that we can to make sure that the CIAA remains here in Charlotte," he said.