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Sears, Roebuck & Co. and ABC Sports announced a multi- year agreement which will ensure the presentation of the Sears National Championship Football Trophy to the winner of the match-up between college football's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams. The winner of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game also will be acknowledged as the No. 1 ranked team in the final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. Under terms of the deal, Sears will also become the official retailers of the BCS. ABC/ESPN will televise 18 of 21 bowl games played annually in each of the next four years, with ABC broadcasting each national championship game (Sears). NOTRE DAME HANGS TEN? While there is talk of Notre Dame joining the Big Ten, its TV deal with NBC runs through 2005, while the Big Ten's TV deal with ABC runs through 2007. In Ft. Worth, Wendell Barnhouse reports, however, that an arrangement "could be reached that would allow Notre Dame and NBC to keep [their] deal in place, with ABC televising Notre Dame's road games" (STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/7).