September 26 - October 2, 2011 Vol. 14 — No. 22

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  • Expanding ACC will reopen ESPN deal

    Just three weeks into a new TV deal that already is considered well below market value, the Atlantic Coast Conference is getting a mulligan. The conference is adding Big East Conference schools Syracuse and Pittsburgh, which will give it another crack at negotiating its media rights deal with ESPN. This time, the ACC expects to do much better than its current deal, which went into effect this football season.

  • New vibe in New Orleans

    Six years after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the Saints’ home, the Superdome sparkles inside and out after $336 million in restoration and renovations. Since 2006, those projects, paid for through a combination of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, insurance dollars and state money, have put the premium spaces at the 36-year-old Superdome largely on par with MetLife Stadium and Cowboys Stadium, the two newest NFL facilities.

  • NFL to keep London on season itinerary

    NFL owners plan to vote in two weeks to continue playing regular-season games in London, sources said, marking the latest business initiative the league has concluded since the end of the lockout last month. The league, however, has not decided whether to have owners vote on a resolution to continue playing just one game annually, as has been the case, or add a second game in London each season.

  • Super-conference concept rooted in 1990 proposal

    The idea was to create a super conference of 16 schools overlapping states from the Northeast through the South. Eventually, according to this plan, there would be four super conferences that blanketed the country, and their champions would come together in a playoff to decide the national champ in college football. “Developing the Super Conference” was the name of the booklet that first proposed the idea in 1990, and its 240 pages held the future of college athletics. It’s just that no one knew how long it would take to get there.

  • NHL eyes Europe

    The NHL is expanding the total number of available games in Europe by 25 percent to between 435 and 480 for the regular season and playoffs. It also is increasing the number of weekend games shown during prime-time European hours by 40 percent, to 94. To complement the expanded programming, the NHL in the first week of October will launch its website in seven languages: German, Swedish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak and Russian, as well as one for French Canadians.

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