ACC could be playing football games in Europe soon
With his conference's spot in the College Football Playoff secure, Notre Dame and Louisville coming into the fold, the league's future secure through a Grant of Rights and talks of a TV network in the not-too-distant future, ACC commissioner John Swofford needs another whopper of an idea to reel in. According to Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, he may have it. As Dodds reports, the ACC is mulling the idea of playing football and basketball games in Europe.
“We need to think big,” Swofford said. “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.”
The NFL has played regular-season games in London on an annual basis since 2007, and will play two games there this fall, and Notre Dame and Navy opened the 2012 season in Dublin, Ireland. The Fighting Irish returned to play the following Saturday, a 20-17 win over Purdue in South Bend, while Navy took the next week off.
“The NFL is going to London, as is the NBA with some regularity,” the commissioner said. “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.
“When you look at this collection of schools and markets, all our institutions are international in one degree or another.”
Personally, we're in favor of any idea that nets us a photo of Dabo Swinney standing in front of the Eiffel Tower.