(LOUISVILLE, KY.) University of Louisville President, Dr. James Ramsey says losing Notre Dame will not effect the Big East's football television negotiations, and the school is solidly behind the conference.
The school president was asked about the situation shortly after his "State of the University" address. Dr. Ramsey doesn't think that losing Notre Dame will hurt the Big East when it comes time to negotiate a TV deal with the networks, because the Irish wasn't a football member. "We're entering into our TV negotiations this fall and it will have no impact because they didn't play football and I think their value in terms of basketball and other sports is probably marginal in terms of our TV contract," said Ramsey.
As for U of L's future in the Big East, the president says that the school is committed to the conference going forward. "We're a member of the Big East, and we're going to do everything we can to insure that the Big East is successful. We think we're well positioned and postured for the TV negotiations that start with ESPN, then go into the open market," said Ramsey. He would later add, "We're committed to the Big East. We don't have any other options. We'll always do what's in the best interest of the university, but our job right now is to see that the Big East is successful."
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