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Report: New Big East to announce addition of Butler, Xavier, Creighton Wednesday


School presidents representing members of the New Big East will meet with representatives from FOX Sports and Madison Square Garden for an 11 a.m. ET press conference Wednesday in Manhattan to “reveal significant progress in the ongoing development of a multi-sport conference,” the league announced in a release Tuesday.

According to David Woods of the Indianapolis Starthat is where the conference will officially announce the widely reported news that Butler, Xavier, and Creighton will be added to the league. It has also been reported that the conference will announce a partnership with FOX Sports as the league’s primary media rights holder. The network reportedly offered $500 million for the rights as part of a 12-year.

This process has been set in motion since the group dubbed the “Catholic 7,” the Catholic-affiliated and basketball-centric universities formerly of the Big East, announced its desire to break away from the other football schools in the old conference. Speculation has been ongoing for months about the possible additional schools that would join the league.

It is also expected that the New Big East will announce what the release calls “advancements” in regards to the conference and Madison Square Garden, likely pertaining to the venue as a site for the league’s postseason tournament.

If the report proves to be true, the New Big East would include Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Marquette, DePaul, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova, Georgetown, and Seton Hall. That would mean that the conference stretches as far west as Omaha, Nebraska and as far east as Providence, R.I. Approximately 1,400 miles lay between those two cities.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Big East extends deal with Madison Garden to keep conference tournament in New York City

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NEW YORK, N.Y.–The Big East has reached a 10-year deal to continue hosting its conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City, commissioner Mike Aresco announced Wednesday at the conference’s media day.

Wednesday’s announcement means that, despite rumors of a challenge from the ACC, Big East basketball will remain at The World’s Most Famous Arena. The deal adds six years to the current four-year deal that was set to expire in 2016.

The timing is key for the Big East, who is the middle of major television negotiations for the rights to its sports media, which will likely be the bedrock for the conference’s financial stability for years to come.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave the Big East after the 2012-13 season, with Notre Dame reportedly beginning discussions to do the same in the near future.

To fill the void, the conference will be adding Memphis, Temple, UCF, Houston, and SMU to the mix, which gives them a presence in more major media markets than ever before, despite perhaps a downgrade in overall national recognition.

By adding Temple (Philadelphia), SMU (Dallas), Memphis, and Houston, as well as San Diego and Boise State in football, the Big East has boosted the possibility of football revenue and an increased value to the overall media deal it eventually signs.

And keeping basketball in New York City doesn’t hurt, either.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

ACC Tournament will reportedly not move to Madison Square Garden in foreseeable future

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It’s clear now that the Big East will survive a mass exodus of teams to the ACC and, according to a report by Brett McMurphy of, will not lose its unofficial home of almost 30 years: Madison Square Garden.

The bidding window to host the 2016-21 ACC tournaments has closed and Madison Square Garden did not enter a bid, according to the report, meaning speculation that the ACC would invade The Garden can be put to rest.

MSG seemed like a good fit for the ACC, were it to have made the move, especially considering it is soon to be armed with Syracuse, a team that packs The Garden every time it visits.

Another possible New York alternative also did not submit a bid, according to ESPN—the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

That means that a possibility brought up last year by ACC commissioner John Swofford will not come to be.

“I don’t think there’s any question that taking a look at New York and Madison Square Garden would be very appealing for Atlantic Coast Conference basketball fans,” Swofford said last year, as cited in the ESPN report.

“And even more so now with even more teams in closer proximity. With that being the media center of the world, so to speak, we’d probably be remiss if we didn’t think of it in those terms.”

Along with Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who announced their intent to depart from the Big East last year, Notre Dame recently announced that it, too, would be headed to the ACC.

The site of the 2016-21 ACC tournaments is still yet to be determined.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

America East headed to 'Mecca of College Hoops'

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The America East is hitting the big stage.

On Feb. 10, 2011, Albany and Boston University will become the conference’s first teams to play against each other in Madison Square Garden. It’s officially a Boston home game that tips at 9:35 p.m. ET and will follow a St. John’s-Connecticut game, but it’s still a big deal.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to play at MSG?

“This is a wonderful step forward for America East Basketball,” America East Commissioner Patrick Nero said in a release. “Madison Square Garden has been the mecca of college basketball for over 75 years. We are thrilled that the students, alumni and fans from Boston University and Albany will get an opportunity to experience college basketball in The Garden. If you play college basketball or are a fan of college basketball, you want to get the chance to enjoy the passion and history of Madison Square Garden.”

St. John’s is the impetus behind the game, which spent the summer trying to re-brand itself as a hoops school under new coach Steve Lavin. If I’m an AD at any other small school on the East Coast, I’m making calls to St. John’s about next season.

(H/T: College Hoops Journal)

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