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Navy To Join Big East For Football In '15; School Allowed To Uphold TV Deals
Published January 25, 2012
MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL? ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson wrote there is “no doubt the Big East and Navy feel they need each other.” In adding Navy, the conference gets to “expand its media footprint and add a program that has been to eight bowl games in the last nine years.” It has a “national reach far larger than anybody left in the conference.” In the Big East, Navy “feels it gets security, the ability to expand its brand and an opportunity to put itself on better financial footing.” However, Adelson wrote the risk is “much greater for Navy” (ESPN.com, 1/24). CBSSPORTS.com’s Brett McMurphy asked, “Will the Big East survive? I'm probably in the minority on this, but I think so.” The addition of Navy gives the Big East “some national flavor and also a fairly decent on-the-field product” (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/24).