Posted April 26, 2013

Report: ACC teams might play games in Europe

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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.”

More from CBSSports.com:

As far as a possible network partnership with ESPN, the ACC’s research shows that by 2030, a combined 55 percent of the total U.S. population will be in the South and Northeast. That happens to where the majority of ACC schools will reside by 2014 when Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame are fully integrated.


3 comments
rskins09
rskins09

Are you serious ? ..People in Europe DON'T   like US football and the people here don't like soccar ...Been like that for years and it isn't going to change ..Never ..The NFL flopped over there a few years back ..Oh - know they sell out the London game when NFL team (regular) season  plays but that's just one game every year ... 

Raj Babar
Raj Babar

maybe they should learn to play well on American turf first before thinking big.

billsoSPORTS
billsoSPORTS

Only if Florida State faces Cambridge on "University Challenge"... better throw in a rowing tournament, too.