Report: ACC teams might play games in Europe
The Atlantic Coast Conference is considering playing football and basketball games in Europe, reports CBSSports.com.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford says the idea has been raised about sending teams across the pond, but nothing has been finalized yet.
In July, there will be 14 full member institutions and Notre Dame will join as a non-football member. Next July, Maryland will leave for the Big Ten Conference and Louisville will join from the newly formed American Athletic Conference.
“We need to think big. One of the things we brought up to our schools last week was we may play football, we may play basketball in Europe. Across the pond, so to speak,” Swafford said. “The NFL is going to London, as is the NBA with some regularity. The Olympics are so successful over there. Basketball is an international sport. Football is not, but there is a growing interest in it in Great Britain.”
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