July 26, 2013

Clock Is Ticking on NYC

Filed under: ACC,Basketball,Big 11,Conference — Chas @ 10:52 am

The new Big East better be wildly successful beyond expectations. And quickly. They already know that the ACC is gunning for NYC.

Don’t forget the Big Ten.

“Make no mistake about it: We’re going to be out there with events and with press opportunities, and we’re going to work hard to build relationships and friendships,” Delany said. “We know it’s a competitive area for everything, and so we won’t dominate anything, but we want to be relevant for years to come.”

That means, as he told The Star-Ledger Thursday, that “everything is on the table” — even the Big Ten football kickoff, an annual event that attracts thousands of fans at $100 a pop for a luncheon and autograph session with coaches and players.

That one has a long history here and won’t move any time soon. But the Big Ten basketball tip-off? The postseason hoops tournament? All of that could be coming to a hotel ballroom or an arena in the New York area, sooner than later, because Delany wants to conquer the media capital of the world.

The ACC would do well to force its way into MSG or Barclays soon. Better to be battling the Big 10 from a position inside than trying to vie with them for the spot.

I have faith the ACC will do the right thing and get MSG for future BB ACC tourneys. It would be a huge blow if Big Ten does end up there over ACC.

On another note..appears only 8448 season tickets left to sell before Heinz field is sold out for every game according to an email they sent out to season ticket holders earlier today.

Comment by milobloom 07.26.13 @ 12:23 pm

Swofford is a ninja.

he’ll get the job done.

Comment by Lou Gagliardi 07.26.13 @ 12:31 pm

I imagine the ACC and B1G will eventually kick out the Big East and A-10 and takeover MSG and Barclays at some point. Maybe not every year, but there will be some years when they both have their postseason tournaments in NYC

Comment by Greg 07.26.13 @ 12:37 pm

The ACC seems to be the “smart conference”. They will move swiftly and decisively to keep the beeg out of NYC.

Comment by 2$Chuck 07.26.13 @ 2:50 pm

NY city council gave MSG about 10 more years to live. Mayoral hopeful Quinn believes the garden is holding back redevelopment of the Penn Station area.
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So it looks like there are two deadlines looming.

Comment by TonyinHouston 07.26.13 @ 2:59 pm

The ACC will move fast is Swofford really wants to move. Remember, he is a UNC alum … and while R Williams made a statement about the NYC move would be good, there may be some behind the scenes discussion among the southern half of the conference. All of the rhetoric may be something to placate Boeheim and Pitino

Comment by wbb 07.26.13 @ 3:01 pm

If MSG is not renewed in present locale, there will be a new building in near vicinity to take its place — MSG is way to valuable to lose

Comment by wbb 07.26.13 @ 3:03 pm

The NYC deadline for MSG means nothing as far as ACC wouldn’t close without it being replaced.
.considering they just put a billion dollars renovation though I find it hard to believe they would replace it in 10 years..that’s 273,000 dollars per day for current building.

Comment by milobloom 07.26.13 @ 4:56 pm

A NYC ACC presence would be of benefit to the Panthers as Dixon has used the areas fertile recruiting grounds consistently and will hopefully continue on that path. The Garden has been good to Pitt and for Pitt so I hope the conference will move in that direction.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 07.27.13 @ 9:44 am

Don’t worry about the Dolan’s. They will get a nice tax write-off on the abandonment and I’m sure the city will give them a nice property tax incentive wherever they build next. At this point, even after the renovation, the Garden is one of the oldest if not the oldest sports venues in both the NHL and the NBA. It is certainly now the oldest in NYC. Putting all that money into the renovation just gives them more leverage on the city for property (and perhaps income) tax relief on the new building wherever situated.

There has been a Madison Square Garden in Manhattan since midway through the 19th Century. It hasn’t been in Madison Square since the early 20th Century.

I liked the old one at 50th Street and 8th Avenue but that’s now an apartment/office complex.

The current MSG will likely go. The question is will a new one be better? I hope so.

Comment by Pitt Dad 07.27.13 @ 12:05 pm

The hypothetical MSG relocation is annoying, but there are serious hurdles to clear if it goes through. In the next ten years, a plan for how to rebuild/renovate Penn Station has to be formed collectively among – in Quinn’s own words – “the New York City government, the New York State government, the Federal Government, the MTA, Amtrak, the local community boards, local businesses, the commuting public, and, obviously, Madison Square Garden itself”

Having to align all those stars, then add in the fact that MSG can apply for a 10-year renewal of the permit…I’m very doubtful the Garden goes anywhere.

Comment by Mike T 07.29.13 @ 9:28 am

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