Big East Commissioner Marinatto Resigns As Realignment Shakes Up ConferencePublished May 7, 2012
PERCEPTION PROBLEM: ESPN.com's Adelson & Katz write, "Without its flagship schools, the Big East has been left with a major perception problem." With the BCS "headed for major changes in the next postseason cycle, it remains unclear whether the Big East will be among the top conferences when it comes to revenue distribution from BCS money." Automatic qualifying status "is already gone, which many believe could have a major impact on the Big East." While the conference is "in line for a significant bump in TV revenue, it remains unclear just how big the boost will be with the newest additions" (ESPN.com, 5/7).
TWITTER REAX: The N.Y. Times' Pete Thamel reported on his Twitter account, "Marinatto had been in discussions with the Big East presidents for weeks about his future. This wasn't sudden." ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil wrote, "John Marinatto is a good man but he was an old-school commish in an age when commissioners need to be Fortune 500 CEOs." Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde wrote, "League has bigger problems than him, but he did not provide strong leadership in a time of crisis and transition. Big East needs more from the top." The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein wrote, "Marinatto a terrific guy but needed more seasoning. Example: Was in awe of Jim Delany, rather than treating him as colleague/foe." CNBC's Darren Rovell wrote, "Not sure he could have done much about it, but Marinatto didn't make the moves he needed to make to protect the Big East."
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