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How ACC Network deal impacts Notre Dame’s football future

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — How will Notre Dame football’s relationship evolve with the ACC Network for the long haul?That’s one of the residual questions from the ACC Kickoff, where talk of the network’s Aug. 22 launch on ESPN dominated the two-day event. ACC commissioner John Swofford answered those questions, making it clear the Irish are a full-and-equal partner in the new venture. Notre Dame will maintain its five-game football arrangement with the other 14 football schools.   Getty Images How will the ACC Network affect that relationship? Notre Dame’s television agreement to have home games on NBC runs through 2025 and draws approximately $15 million per year. ESPN’s contract with the ACC runs through 2036; Swofford said if the Irish choose to join a conference in football, they would be contractually obligated to join the ACC.   While that’s not in the cards now, Swofford emphasized the benefits of Notre Dame’s membership. It gives the ACC a sixth private institution, and the Irish won the 2018 women’s basketball national championship.”It’s been a win-win for the ACC as well as for Notre Dame,” Swofford said. “Their membership in the league has been everything that we would have anticipated. It’s fully met expectations for us, and I think Notre Dame would tell you it has fully met expectations for Notre Dame. Institutionally it’s just a really good fit.”The reason for that is they bring just as much value to the ACC Network as any other school in that league,” he said. “The five games we play each year in football, any of those games that are in a home stadium of the ACC could be on the ACC Network.”MORE: Mack Brown sheds light on return to UNC, and exit from TexasIn 2019, that means the Nov. 9 matchup against Duke is slated to be on the ACC Network. The Sept. 2 opener at Louisville is on ESPN, and the home matchups against Virginia (Sept. 28), Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) and Boston College (Nov. 23) will be on NBC. In 2020, Notre Dame’s marquee matchup is a rematch with Clemson on Nov. 7 at Notre Dame Stadium.Speculation about Playoff expansion and realignment will always involve the Irish given they are a perennial power coming off their first playoff appearance. Notre Dame, however, does not play a conference championship like the other Power 5 conferences.   Swofford maintains the Irish are one of college football’s brands that will be a huge part of the ACC Network’s longterm plans. Swofford believes the Irish’s role within the conference is a story worth telling.  Could the network’s story influence Notre Dame football as college football continues to evolve into the next decade? That question will never have a definitive answer as long as the partnership exists.  “Possibly, yes,” Swofford said. “I’ve said many times we’ve been open to the conversation and I know our television partner would be as well. But again, I would say, because I don’t want it to be misconstrued, that it’s not something I would anticipate in the near future.” That’s the continued agreement for now, but Swofford answered the big question about the future.MORE: Dabo Swinney insists Clemson won’t shrink under bright lights of ACC Network”If Notre Dame reached a point where they were interested to join in football, we would readily have that conversation,” Swofford told Sporting News. “I don’t expect that to happen. When we made the arrangement with Notre Dame, some people thought, ‘Well it’s just a matter of time in football.’ I’ve never really thought that.”It’s the same open-door policy knowing the Irish would prefer not to work through — even in the College Football Playoff era.As it stands, the current arrangement has produced mixed results on the field. Notre Dame began playing a rotation of ACC schools in 2014. The Irish are 17-9 in those games, but that includes an 0-3 record against ACC teams ranked inside the top 10.Those were high-profile matchups against No. 2 Florida State in 2014, No. 7 Miami in 2017 and last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 2 Clemson. Swofford, who reiterated that he respects Notre Dame’s independent status in the current college football landscape, said that Irish-Tigers matchup did not test his allegiances.  “You pull for the ACC team,” Swofford said. “With all respect to Notre Dame when it’s a football game, you lean toward in this case Clemson or the ACC team because it technically is a nonconference game. Notre Dame against everybody else I’m pulling for them.” last_img read more

Argentinian Media: B&H Team Plays Football Well, Scores Three Goals Per Game

first_imgThe Argentinian newspaper ‘Univision Deportes’ writes that B&H is debuting at the World Cup, and noted that this is a team that has quality football players who play in various parts of the world.Argentina is in group F with B&H, Iran and Nigeria, and the B&H and Argentina will play the first game in this group in June 2014.‘’In the case of B&H, it is a very young and talented team with stars such as striker Edin Džeko and midfielder Miralem Pjanić. They are participating in the World Cup for the first time in the 21 years of the existence of this team, which was formed after the bloody war’’, writes ‘Univision Deportes’.The article says that the B&H team scores an average of three goals per match, which, according to this media source, is a sufficient reason to be cautious.‘’Coach Safet Sušić was named as the best player of all time in B&H, and he will also be remembered as the first trainer who brought his team to the World Cup. He will also be remembered as the trainer who forces a beautiful offensive style of football with an average of nearly three goals per game’’, writes the Argentinian newspaper.It adds that strikers Edin Džeko and Vedad Ibišević are players of crucial importance ofr B&H because they are ‘very dynamic and represent the most efficient weapon against their opponents’’.It also writes that players on the B&H team play for well-known clubs such as Manchester City, Rome, Stoke City and Bayer Leverkusen.However, it notes that the greatest weakness of the B&H team is that they do not have enough players who are ready to play in their first composition, and that it suffers from a chronic lack of classic defensive midfielders.(Source: read more

‘Invited’ Officials absent from Civil War Student Arts Exhibition

first_imgMr. Bility addresses participants at the occasion.Two Liberian government officials did not turn up for the opening of a two-month art exhibition on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the National Museum that is showcasing cartoons of students depicting horrors of the Liberian Civil War (1989-2003), according to the organizers of the exhibition.Hassan Bility of the Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP), which is hosting the “Cartooning for Justice” with the Liberia Visual Arts Academy (LivArts), told reporters they invited Lenn Eugene Nagbe and Cllr. Musa Dean of the ministries of Information and Justice, respectively.Bility said it was against GJRP’s standard operation procedure (SOP) to show proof that the invitations were sent, while the two ministers did not respond to query on the matter.Their absence from the event came just over two weeks when President George Weah failed to attend a memorial for victims of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Massacre in Sinkor, his third time being absent from a civil war-related event he was invited or expected to attend this year.President Weah has not showed support for a Liberian war crimes court despite pressure from local and international advocates. The United Nations has given Liberia up to July next year to address crimes committed during the country’s 14 years of civil unrest.The students’ cartoons show horror and evoke painful memory of one of Africa’s most brutal civil wars. One cartoon shows rebels beheading a kneeling man before his wife and children. Another portrays the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), while others show civilians fleeing the war with flaming buildings at the background.Advocates present at the opening of the exhibition bemoaned the officials’ absence.“I think it is the content of this program that scares the policy makers not to come, because some of them have said publicly that in this country, there will be no accountability,” said Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, president of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA.“When they come here, the reality might speak to their conscience to change their mind, and they do not want to change,” said Gongloe.Attendees at the programKenneth Y. Best, the Publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, added his voice: “I am sorry that quite often when I attend these kind of programs, I have to make the same remark expressing my regret, because I don’t see any government people here,” Mr. Best said.“What kind of government we have that does not seem to be interested in anything?  What we don’t have time for in Liberia, other people have time for it—young people drawing portraits on justice?  What you see here was exhibited in Geneva, Switzerland, not even in Monrovia. And we are told by people here that those people widely applauded these young people,” Mr. Best added.GJRP is working with the Swiss human rights group Civitas Maxima in the prosecution of Liberians in Europe and America in connection with the Liberian Civil War, and the two organizations are among scores of others calling for a war crimes court for Liberia.Bility said the cartoon exhibition was a way of reaching out to the young generation, and getting them involved in the debate about justice. He said GJRP was planning to take the event to Margibi County.John H.T. Stewart, a former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, whose recommendations in 2009, included the war crimes court, commended GJRP and LivArts for using Liberian students to draw cartoons about the war to learn and teach the lessons of their country’s dark past.“So, what we see happening is the creation of memory. Memory is very important so that we don’t go back to where we came from,” Stewart said.“The Second World War ended in 1945, but people are still held today to account. Even though, some are very old and have been hiding their identity all along, the fact that they are shamed, they are still made to account for their past deeds. When you go to Europe, the museum of the Holocaust is there to show the dark days, because people who were directly affected do not want to go to the past. Impunity is still stalking the land, and the only way we can deal with it is to be reminded of what happened to us in the past and of the exigency to deal with the present so that we do not go further as a people torn by war and gross disrespect and abuse of human rights,” said Stewart.Francis A. Igiriogu, a United Nations representative added, “For us, we strongly believe that any country that wants to be serious for peace and development, that country should be serious for accountability of past wrongs. We also believe that without accountability, what you will get is impunity.  When you have impunity, the consequences are that you will get lawlessness, underdevelopment, and poverty.”Igiriogu urged organizers of the event not to allow the absence of Ministers Nagbe and Dean to discourage them.“The fight for human rights is not about crowd,” he said “It is for the people to understand, and the few that understand can persevere to come together with one voice and continue to push it, and at the end of the day the end will be achieved.”This story was a collaboration with New Narratives as part of the West Africa Justice Reporting Project. Joaquin M. Sendolo is a New Narratives Justice Correspondent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more