Message from President A. Gabriel Esteban
"My fellow Big East college presidents and I gathered in New York today to welcome three new members – Butler, Creighton and Xavier. The three schools have officially joined DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova in the new Big East conference and are set to commence play in the 2013-2014 academic year.
"This is a great day for Seton Hall and for all college sports – a day that marks an inspiring return to the Big East’s roots as a showcase for the nation’s greatest collegiate basketball programs and the extraordinary achievements of our student-athletes. With the addition of Butler, Creighton and Xavier to the group of previously committed schools, the Big East will once again revolve around, and gain its strength from, a firm foundation of historic basketball powerhouses located in the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan regions.
"The Big East Tournament will continue to call Madison Square Garden its home, and the new conference will assume an existing lease agreement that extends to 2026. Some of the most memorable moments in Seton Hall’s basketball history have occurred in the Garden during Big East Tournaments and I look forward to a future with many more.
"The Big East college presidents and I also announced today an unprecedented partnership with Fox Sports that will grant the network exclusive broadcast rights. Fox Sports and its Fox Sports 1 Network will acquire television rights to all Big East game action, as part of a 12-year contract.
"Under the broadcast partnership, Fox Sports will own television rights to a wide range of marquee Big East basketball games, including the annual Big East conference tournament.
"New York-based senior executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associate is conducting the search for the new Big East’s first commissioner, seeking an aggressive and innovative commissioner to shepherd the conference to continued success.
"The 10-team Big East conference will officially commence operations on July 1, 2013. Each of the inaugural members will be full conference participants starting in the 2013-2014 academic year. Each school will compete in all of the sports it offers today.
"Please join me in wishing all of our student-athletes tremendous success in the new Big East conference."
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