Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe says league presidents repeatedly have indicated a preference for moving around their marquee events: the football title game and basketball tournament. But, said Beebe, "they haven’t seen this.” Beebe spoke while standing on the west-end landing of Jerry Jones World, the Dallas Cowboys’ new $1.4 billion stadium, and the message was clear. Big 12 football seems headed for a permanent home in Arlington, Texas. The stadium is too nice, too new, too loaded with amenities, to think about returning to the aging Alamodome or to frigid Arrowhead Stadium. "Something else, something else,” Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins said after touring Jerry Jones World. Hawkins seemed ready to cast his vote for Arlington, saying he preferred to take weather out of the championship equation. "I think that’ll be under serious consideration,” Beebe said. "Lock it in, now you have a chance to build a fan base that’s going to go every year. That’s attractive in football.” Not so in basketball, where each school’s fan base contributes in varying degrees to the total mass. But anchoring the football game to a permanent location could create political pressure to do the same with basketball. And that would be bad news for Oklahoma City. If the North demands equality for football staying south, Kansas City is the answer for basketball. "I just can’t imagine Oklahoma City would not be in the mix of the basketball championship,” said Tim Brassfield, executive director of OKC’s All Sports Association. Oklahoma City hosted Big 12 Tournaments in 2007 and 2009. The 2007 event set attendance records for both men and women; the ’09 attendance was down a little, presumably because of the economy. Beebe and other Big 12 officials wouldn’t bite on the basketball-anchor question. Beebe called Kansas City’s Sprint Center "fabulous” and Oklahoma City "splendid” for basketball. "We’ll have several options.” But the North schools have grown fond of playing December football 480 miles north of the Red River. Kansas City has hosted five Big 12 football title games. That matches the total of non-KC Big 12 basketball tournaments (three Dallas, two OKC). Suddenly drop Arrowhead from that rotation, which seems all but assured, and the North schools would want reparations. Oklahoma City could be sacrificed. "Makes our job more challenging,” Brassfield admitted. "We need to make an impression that it’s tough not to come back.” Certainly, OKC’s passion for the women’s tournament helps. Unless the league goes all Solomon and decides to split the baby, giving KC the men’s basketball and Oklahoma City the women’s. Some, notably Texas A&M women’s coach Gary Blair, have campaigned for separation of the men’s and women’s tournaments. But Big 12 officials consistently say there is little traction for such a split. Big 12 football is set for Arlington in 2009 and 2010. Kansas City has basketball in 2010 and 2011. Oklahoma City will have post-season basketball, no matter what happens with the Big 12 championships. OKC is hosting NCAA men’s first- and second-round games in 2010, plus has bids out for 2011 and 2012 for the men, and 2011 for a women’s regional. Oklahoma City has stated a preference to the NCAA for 2011, since Brassfield hopes to land the 2012 Big 12 Tournament. More intrigue: In 2013 and 2014, an NCAA Tournament stop for Oklahoma City is less likely, since the Big 12 won’t be involved in hosting in those years. In 2013, the Big 12 is hosting an NCAA regional at Jerry Jones World, in advance of hosting the 2014 Final Four. Oklahoma City then would have to get OU or OSU to act as the host institution, which neither would want to do because that would prohibit their team from being placed at the Ford Center. All of which makes the Big 12 Tournament more a priority in those years. But Big 12 basketball will be difficult for Oklahoma City to keep, because Big 12 football seems surely headed south. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.