Rumored: Big East hoops to go to a 20 game schedule
There is plenty of smoke supporting rumors that the Big East will consider and ultimately commit to playing 20 league games in basketball in the near future. The move will solidify the quality of inventory and help land a bigger television contract
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According to the radio report, Memphis coach Josh Pastner told people assembled at a Summer golf outing that the move to the Big East playing a 20 game conference schedule in basketball was a "done deal." The report claims that the move to a larger schedule is fueled by the ongoing television negotiations and that the ESPN officials communicating with the conference office have indicated that they would be willing to pay much more for a basketball slate with more league match-ups.
Teams would play around two-thirds of their games against opponents from the Big East, shortening their non-conference schedules to just 10 or 11 games, which may not leave many openings after the pre-season "exempt" tournaments are counted.