NEW YORK – (Staff report from Official news release) – The BIG EAST Conference today announced the launch of “BIG EAST Shootaround,” a live weekly online show that focuses on the league’s premier sport of men’s basketball in a full digital-forward approach. The first episode will air on Thursday, Aug. 10, and continue weekly over the coming year. The show will be distributed on FOX Sports GO, the BIG EAST Facebook page and @BIGEAST Twitter handle and via podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
BIG EAST Shootaround will feature behind the scenes, in-depth stories from the Conference’s 10 member schools. John Fanta, a Seton Hall alum and senior BIG EAST correspondent, will serve as the show’s host, and guests will include coaches, basketball student-athletes, media members and other basketball insiders. Women’s basketball coverage will be included in the programming mix.
The first show will feature Seton Hall seniors Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington and Ismael Sanogo from the BIG EAST Conference offices in midtown Manhattan.
“BIG EAST Shootaround is designed to provide coverage of BIG EAST Basketball all year round, not just during basketball season,” said Rick Gentile BIG EAST Senior Associate Commissioner, Broadcasting. “Our schools’ basketball programs don’t take off from April through October, and our supporters are eager to keep up with off-season stories and developments. We aim to fill the void in media coverage during that period with news, interviews and updates from each of our campuses and reach all of our audiences in all places.”
BIG EAST Shootaround will be interactive as fans can submit questions for Fanta and guests on Twitter and on Facebook with the hashtag #BEshootaround.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced a partnership with IMG and its collegiate sports marketing wing to focus and stage a series of premier basketball events for both men and women at the collegiate level. As a non-profit institution committed to promoting and celebrating the game of basketball at all levels, the Basketball Hall of Fame is attempting to elevate its roster of collegiate events and through this new partnership, IMG College and the Hall will collaborate on existing events in the portfolio – with a focus on event planning, sponsorship sales, television and ticket sales – while seeking to create new events in locations of mutual interest.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our partnership with IMG will support expansion of our portfolio of events, providing memorable experiences for athletes and fans from coast to coast.”
“We are happy to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame on this exciting slate of college basketball events,” said Tim Pernetti, President, IMG College. “Through this relationship, we will help to elevate the Hall of Fame’s existing portfolio and also provide new solutions for schools across the country in the event space.”
As part of this partnership, which begins with the 2017-18 season, the Basketball Hall of Fame will collaborate with IMG on previously staged and announced events hosting 14 teams at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, six teams at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and four teams at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami in the 2017-18 basketball season.
By TERRY LYONS
NEW YORK – Traditionally the summer months do not bring about much activity in the sports business world. The juggernauts of the winter sports calendar, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League end their seasons with the crowing of a new champion at the annual NBA Finals and the awarding of the Stanley Cup, the most coveted trophy in all of sport.
When the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Golden State Warriors accepted their hardware, sports execs closed the books on hockey and men’s basketball for 2016-17 and the respective league drafts turned the page to look towards the fall and 2017-18 when the two leagues begin training camp.
- Length of the games and the event itself
- Horrible shooting, chalked up to “rusty” aging players
LOUISVILLE – Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Pitino, head coach of Louisville, will be suspended for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games in the 2017-18 season for failing to monitor his men’s basketball program in the wake of a sex scandal, the Division I Committee on Infractions announced Thursday.
The Cardinals also will be on probation for four years, have scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions. Louisville will also forfeit any money received through conference revenue sharing from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.
The status of the school’s 2012-13 national championship could be at risk, as the NCAA ruled the Cardinals must vacate all basketball records in which players competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.
The NCAA, which accepted Louisville’s self-imposed 2015-16 postseason ban, ruled that Pitino “violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules” by failing to monitor the activities of former assistant Andre McGee, who is alleged to have hired strippers to entertain players and recruits.
“Without dispute, NCAA rules do not allow institutional staff members to arrange for stripteases and sex acts for prospects, enrolled student-athletes and/or those who accompany them to campus,” the panel said in its decision.
Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement that he does not believe the penalties levied by the NCAA are “fair and reasonable.”
“(The NCAA) “went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable,” Postel said in his statement, adding that “The Committee on Infractions has gone too far and taken actions that are unwarranted. We will appeal.”
McGee received a 10-year show cause penalty.
The Committee on Infractions on Thursday ruled McGee “acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation.”
Pitino’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, told ESPN that the coach also plans to appeal the penalty.
“The finding against Coach Pitino is one of the weakest I’ve ever seen against a head coach,” Tompsett’s statement said. “… The decision does not identify a single specific thing that Coach Pitino should have done, that he wasn’t already doing, that would have either prevented or detected the illicit activities. The secret and deliberately hidden illicit activities certainly did not occur because Coach Pitino did not properly train Mr. McGee.
“Today’s decision breaks with established head coach control precedent and imposes a standard of strict liability.”
Pitino came under intense criticism after Katina Powell, an escort, wrote a book “Breaking Cardinal Rules” which detailed the payment for performances in the form of cash and game tickets. Powell identified McGee as the one who paid for sex with recruits and players in the players’ dormitory, Minardi Hall, which was constructed in honor of Pitino’s brother-in-law.
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles provided the fireworks with four home runs in the opener of what was expected to be a contentious four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore aims to continue making a statement with its offense on Friday, when it hosts reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the Red Sox.
Mark Trumbo highlighted his fifth career three-hit performance with a two-run blast in Thursday’s 7-5 rout to improve to 8-for-17 with two homers, six RBIs and as many runs scored in his last five games. The 31-year-old has enjoyed success versus Porcello, going 9-for-29 with three blasts in his career. While Baltimore has won three of four on the heels of a season-high seven-game skid, Boston has dropped three of five after posting a campaign-best six-game winning streak. Jackie Bradley Jr. launched a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Thursday for his third shot in six games, a span during which he has collected 10 RBIs.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NESN (Boston), MASN (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (3-6, 4.21 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Alec Asher (1-3, 3.77)
Porcello’s rocky season continued on Sunday as he allowed 11 hits for the second straight outing and sustained the loss despite limiting the damage to just two runs over 6 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old received a similar result despite putting forth a much better performance in his last outing against Baltimore, permitting two runs and five hits while striking out seven in six frames on May 1. Porcello fell to 4-9 with a 4.77 ERA in his career versus the Orioles, with a 2-4 mark and a 4.89 ERA at Camden Yards.
Asher’s third start of the season left plenty to be desired as the 25-year-old was shredded for six runs and as many hits in two innings en route to an 8-4 loss at Houston. Asher pitched well but sustained his first loss of the year against Boston on May 2 after allowing a pair of homers by Hanley Ramirez in a 5-2 setback. Asher also recorded a scoreless inning of relief in a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox on April 23.
1. Boston C Christian Vazquez drove in a pair of runs for the second straight contest and improved to 9-for-23 with four RBIs against Baltimore this season.
2. Orioles 3B Manny Machado, who was the central figure in the teams’ previous testy series, recorded two singles to increase his hit total to 11 against the Red Sox this season.
3. Boston RF Mookie Betts is 4-for-28 with six strikeouts in his last seven games.
LOS ANGLES – Kansas guard Frank Mason III added to his impressive trophy case on Friday by being named this year’s recipient of the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented to the nation’s most outstanding men’s basketball player. The announcement was made at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles.
Mason edged fellow Wooden finalists Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga.
Mason, who also received the Bob Cousy Award on Friday as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds during his senior season. He also had won the Oscar Robertson Trophy on March 31, one day after being named the Associated Press Player of the Year.
Hart won the Julius Erving award (top small forward), Kentucky’s Malik Monk won the Jerry West award (top shooting guard), Baylor’s Johnathan Motley won the Karl Malone award (top power forward) and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award (top center)