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Bassmaster Elite Series may return to La Crosse in 2015


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A Bassmaster Elite Series tournament has come to La Crosse two years in a row, but it probably won't come back for a third consecutive year.

B.A.S.S. does not use the same venue three years running, said Dave Clements, executive director of the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

But, B.A.S.S. is in talks to host an elite tournament in La Crosse in 2015, Clements said.

"The staff, the anglers, everyone we've dealt with from the top down in that organization love coming here. They love everything about it," Clements said.

Final numbers are not out, but Clements said this year's Mississippi River Rumble tournament brought in somewhere between $900,000 and $1 million.

"Just think about the fact you take $900,000, put it in a truck, back it up to all these businesses in town, dump it out, and then the truck drives out of town. And so really what you're doing is putting money is the cash registers of many different businesses," he said.

During last year's tournament, about $950,000 came into the city.

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