NICEVILLE, FLA. — Global Sports Management has announced that Destin Realty will become the title sponsor for the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic basketball tournament.
The Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 25-26 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.
The eight-team tournament is headlined by top teams from across the country, including Iowa, Providence, Virginia and Memphis. Iowa, Providence and Virginia each participated in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
“We’re pleased to enter into this partnership with Destin Realty as the title sponsor for the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic,” said tournament director Maury Hanks, who is also the chief executive officer for Global Sports.
“We are excited to have the privilege to be the title sponsor for the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic,” said Jeff Sanders, COO of Destin Realty. “We look forward to helping the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic become the premier sporting event in our region, bringing national recognition to Destin and the entire Emerald Coast as a premier beach vacation destination. The world famous beaches of Destin are the perfect place to plan a vacation around a sporting event.”
Iowa State defeated Illinois, 84-73, to capture the 2015 Emerald Coast Classic and went on to play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss topped Cincinnati to win the inaugural tournament title in 2014.
The semifinal round games on Nov. 25 feature Virginia against Iowa at 6 p.m. Central time followed by Providence playing Memphis at 8:30 p.m. Central time.
The championship game Nov. 26 will tip off at 6 p.m. Central time at The Arena.
For the second consecutive year CBS Sports Network will televise the semifinal round and championship game of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic basketball tournament.
Fans can purchase tickets at the official tournament website, www.emeraldcoastclassic.com
Grambling, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Savannah State and St. Francis Brooklyn also are competing in the tournament, presented by Global Sports.
First and second-round games will be played at on-campus sites Nov. 13 through Nov. 22.
About Destin Realty, Inc.
Founded in 1983 and based in Destin, Florida, Destin Realty Beach Vacation Rentals and Sales is a trusted, family-owned vacation rental, real estate sales and on-site property association management company that specializes in beachfront property. Destin Realty provides an exceptional accommodations experience that allows guests to relax in paradise, while enjoying all the conveniences of home. Our trust has been earned by property owners and associations, allowing them the peace of mind that their property is taken care of like it is our own. For more information about Destin Realty contact (800) 633-7846 or (850) 837-3484 or visit us online atwww.DestinRealty.com
Media contact: John Cross, John@DestinRealty.com, (850) 376-8156.