The NY Stock Exchange thing is interesting. Have no idea what that's all about.
For College Football, Notre Dame and Penn State carry all the support. The ACC doesn't have Notre Dame fully, but the ACC has a piece of Notre Dame football. In basketball the ACC has all the major players except UConn, Temple, and some of the members of the Big East. I think that the ACC can do well in the markets of the East. I think the ACC additions will sell better than the Big Ten's additions of Maryland and Rutgers.
In reality, it's probably just a fancy introduction for Pitt, SU and ND using a high profile platform. I think the ACC missed the boat with MSG in February, leaving that to the new Big East for now. TV deal is too soon I think, but that would be great if that's what this is all about. Could be a Pinstripe Bowl deal. Or it could just be a lot of hot air to get under the B1G's skin.
A completely off base thought lead me to google raycom. I wondered if it was a public or private company. I was wondering if the NYC Stock exchange had anything to do with them. It was a completely off base idea. However, I had no idea about the history of raycom and how many ties VT had to them.
Here is another completely off the wall idea. ESPN has been laying off people. The conferences have really begun to create their own networks. I wonder if at some point ESPN spins off like ESPNU to a conference as a "Prebuilt" network it is in the base package almost everywhere and long term will they have the same breadth of inventory to choose from with the SEC Network and Big 10 Network etc.... may explain the lay offs.
Probably WAAAY off base but an interesting thought.
I went to NYC that weekend. I considering going to the game, but it was way too expensive on Stubhub. Not sure about the Big East in general, but that game was very popular in NYC.
The good news is that both teams that were in it are now in the ACC, Syracuse and Louisville.
We need to move the ACC tournament to NYC, or at least alternate it between Brooklyn and other cities. We need to make it clear that NYC is ACC territory, basketball-wise. Putting the ACC tournament there for a couple of years with Syracuse, ND, Duke, Pitt, UNC, etc. will do that. I don't believe the Big Ten or the Big East can match that.
Here is an ESPN article from last month on MSG and college bball tournaments.
Catholic7 has MSG through 2026. MSG has outs if benchmarks are not met, and this may happen. Losing Syracuse, ND, UConn, Pitt and LVille will hurt BE tourney attendance big time, and I don't see any of the new additions making up for it.
The New BE's center of gravity will be between Philly and DC, with another midwest axis given the strength of Butler, Xavier and Marquette. That's where I see their tourney ending up - Philly/DC/Cinncy/Indy rotation.
A-10 tried Brooklyn, but doesn't have the NYC presence to pull it off. The A-10's strength has always been in Philly, and will be even more mid Atlantic oriented with Mason and Davidson adding to LaSalle, St Joes, GW, Richmond, VCU. This tournament will REALLY work in Philly, DC or Richmond. The CAA is moving out of Richmond, so the opportunity is there.
The ACC has been looking for a second home outside of the Carolina cities for it's tournament for over 30 years. NYC, like Greensboro and Charlotte, is neutral territory - nobody's home court, and it will draw fans. This could make for a great North/South rotation for an event that would dominate sports TV annually the first weekend in March.
A trial run in Brooklyn in the next couple years would be a great shot across the bow of the new Big East. Then watch the Big East tourney not meet its commitments to MSG, and take over the World's Most Famous Arena.
Last edited by PadrosWindup; Sat Jun 22 2013 at 03:29 PM.
BCS level college football is a resource war, not a morality play.