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The announcement of the 2019-20 Big East schedule is caught between a battle between two networks over broadcast rights to NXT, the developmental league of World Wrestling Entertainment.

In 2018, Fox Broadcasting announced a five year, $1 billion rights agreement with WWE, which would move its Smackdown Live program, the #7 rated cable TV show, from the USA Network to Fox. With the loss of UFC rights to ESPN, Fox had expressed interest in also moving NXT, which currently airs on the WWE's streaming platform, and move it to Wednesday nights on Fox Sports 1 to counter-program against a new program on TNT, All-Elite Wrestling (AEW), being bankrolled by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Tony Khan.

But this is where the Big East comes in. Its contract with Fox commits the network to show all its games, either on FS1, FS2, or through a secondary rights agreement with CBS Sports Network, with at least two games a week generally falling on Wednesday during the season. A regular two hour weekly NXT show could either preempt or realign all sorts of Big East games out of a prime time slot, unless the conference wants to move more games off the Wednesday timeframe.
While NXT doesn't have to air on Wednesdays, the presence of a competitor show is putting pressure on WWE to find a network that will show it on Wednesday, which USA is willing to do. Fox needs to fill time to replace UFC programming, and had hoped to do so with NXT.

"If WWE wants NXT on cable television to combat AEW's weekly show on TNT, which launches October 2nd, then they probably do need to go with USA," writes a columnist at Forbes.com. "Fox has commitments for Big East basketball on Fox Sports 1 on numerous Wednesdays during the season, and it's not as if a new deal for NXT would preempt those. If the point of the NXT move wasn't obviously to try to keep viewers from going to AEW, then WWE could try to go with a different night. But now they risk alienating their new, lucrative TV partner over a predatory move to try to kill new competition out of the gates."

An announcement on the NXT move could come this week, according to reports. Big East schedules are scheduled to be confirmed in early September.

 

Eight years ago this Monday: a melee during a Georgetown exhibition game in China.

"Once it got out of hand, I was in great fear for everyone associated with Georgetown University, because if you look at it in terms of sheer numbers, we were very much outnumbered," recalled head coach John Thompson III. "Once it got to that point, once all the skirmishes had ended, my only thought was to get our fans, our players, our family, our friends out of this building as soon as possible."

This web site posted some of the first coverage in the West from the events of August 19, 2011, including an eyewitness report and publishing photos found from a Chinese web site that was later censored by government officials. A video of the event eluded Chinese censors and lives on at YouTube.

"The mood at the game the following evening with the Bayi Rockets, a professional basketball team sponsored by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), was tense, and the game was very physical from the start," wrote Georgetown professor Victor Cha, who attended the 2011 game. "The PLA sent a spectator section of soldiers who chanted loud, disciplined cheers every time the Rockets scored. There was some scuffling among players during the game, prompting several technical fouls, and a bizarre moment when one of the Bayi players approached and started yelling at Georgetown Coach John Thompson III for some unknown reason (Thompson ignored it, but Georgetown players became very upset at this). The foul count was imbalanced (at one point 28 against Georgetown and 11 against Bayi), but other NCAA teams playing in China like Duke experienced similar problems. Unfortunately, that's what you get when you play in China."

"The images of US student-athletes from storied institutions like Georgetown being beaten upon by the PLA basketball team does not play well for China's international image," he noted. "The video of the incident was quickly censored in China, which arguably indicated embarrassment on the part of Chinese authorities."

"What happened on the court between Georgetown and the Bayi Club team will be read as a full blown international incident, because of the simple fact that sports and politics are inextricable in China," said columnist Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post.

Visit the Archive pages for the coverage as it happened on August 19, 2011.

 

A 27-7 run to open the game paced the way for a comfortable 91-61 win as the Georgetown Hoyas wrapped up its three game tour in Nassau, Bahamas.

Georgetown led 39-25 at the half and was led by James Akinjo and Myron Gardner, each with 13 points. It's the last game action fans will see of the 2019-20 Hoyas until the season opener on November 6.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Akinjo       25    4-6   1-3  2-2   8  6   1   13
Blair        15    0-0   3-6  0-0   1  2   2    9
Allen        14    1-4   0-2  0-0   3  3   4    2
Wilson       10    1-5   0-0  4-6   3  0   2    6
Ighoefe      10    1-1   0-0  0-0   3  0   2    2
Reserves: 
Pickett      16    0-2   1-3  1-2   5  0   0    4
McClung      25    2-3   0-4  2-2   4  3   4    6
Alexander    13    2-2   2-4  2-2   6  1   1   12
Gardner      19    3-5   1-2  4-5   4  2   2   13
Muresan       3    1-2   0-0  0-0   1  0   0    2
Robinson      3    0-1   0-0  0-0   0  1   0    0
LeBlanc      14    4-6   0-0  0-0   6  1   2    8
Wahab        14    2-4   0-0  4-4   4  1   1    8
Yurtseven    13    3-5   0-1  0-0   4  1   1    6
Team Rebounds                       2
DNP: Mosely
TOTALS      200  24-46  8-25 19-23 54 21  22   91

 

Mac McClung and Jahvon Blair each scored 21 as the Georgetown Hoyas took a comfortable 112-67 win over a team known as NBPA Select at Nassau, Bahamas.

Head coach Patrick Ewing went with a different starting lineup, led by Blair, who scored 16 by halftime. Georgetown led 60-33 at the break and was never challenged in the contest.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Blair        16    2-4   5-9  2-2   5  4   3   21
Allen        20    1-3   0-0  0-0   1  2   3    2
Alexander    17    3-5   0-2  1-4   4  3   2    7
Gardner      16    4-6   1-2  1-2   5  0   1   12
Wahab        11    2-3   0-0  2-2   2  1   0    6
Reserves: 
Pickett      11    1-1   1-1  0-0   4  0   1    5
McClung      16    6-6   1-4  6-6   3  4   2   21
Akinjo       25    1-4   4-7  0-0   2  8   3   14
Ighoefe       9    1-3   1-1  0-2   5  0   0    5
Muresan       8    1-1   0-0  1-2   2  0   2    3
Robinson     12    1-3   0-2  3-6   2  3   0    5
LeBlanc      10    2-4   1-1  0-2   4  1   1    7
Wilson       14    0-0   0-0  0-0   6  0   2    0
Yurtseven    11    2-5   0-0  0-0   7  0   1    4
Team Rebounds                       1
DNP: Mosely
TOTALS      200  27-48 14-29 16-28 53 26  21  112

 

Three Georgetown men's basketball players were named to the 2018-19 Big East All-Academic Team, joining nearly 3,000 student-athletes from across the conference.

Trey Mourning, George Muresan, and Mac McClung were named to the team, reflecting a 3.0 or higher grade average for the prior academic year. A total of 55 men's basketball players across the ten teams were cited, including 10 from Seton Hall, nine from Villanova, seven each from Butler and DePaul, six from Xavier, four from Marquette and three each from GU, Creighton, Providence, and St. John's.

 

Six players scored in double figures as the Georgetown Hoyas opened its three game Bahamas trip with a comfortable 103-77 win over the Commonwealth Bank Giants at Nassau, Bahamas.

POST-GAME COVERAGE
The Hoyas led by 35 in the game, leading by 25 at the half and scoring 52 points in the paint. James Akinjo led all scorers with 16 points in 17 minutes of action.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Akinjo       17    5-8   2-2  0-0   2  3   0   16
McClung      15    4-5   1-3  4-5   2  2   2   15
Pickett      19    3-4   2-3  2-2   4  4   0   14
LeBlanc      13    3-5   0-1  0-1   4  2   4    6
Yurtseven    16    5-13  0-0  0-0   9  0   2   10
Reserves: 
Blair        23    1-5   4-8  0-0   1  2   2   14
Ighoefe       9    0-2   0-0  0-0   2  0   3    0
Alexander    16    2-3   0-1  0-2   3  2   2    4
Allen        19    4-4   1-2  0-0   2  1   0   11
Gardner      18    2-3   0-0  1-2   3  4   5    5
Muresan       6    0-3   0-0  0-0   0  0   0    0
Robinson      5    1-1   0-0  0-0   0  0   0    2
Wilson       11    2-7   0-0  0-0   2  0   2    4
Wahab         8    1-1   0-0  0-0   2  0   0    2
Team Rebounds                       5
DNP: Mosely
TOTALS      200  33-64 10-20 13-16 30 20  22  103

 

From the Staunton News-Leader, news Saturday night on the death of Joseph White, who covered Georgetown basketball for the Associated Press from 1995 through 2015.

White, named Associated Press Sportswriter of the Year in 2005 of his extensive coverage of Washington area sports, retired in 2015 to run a grocery story in Staunton, VA. According to reports, White suffered an injury last month while hiking the Appalachaian Trail.

 

Basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy ranks Georgetown 36th in a 22 year review of his team ratings since 1997.

The Hoyas have been ranked is high as 4th (2007) and as low as 124th (2004) during the last 22 years. Last year's team finished 100th.

The rundown of Big East teams is as follows:

7. Villanova
19. Connecticut
25. Xavier
33. Marquette
36. Georgetown
44. Creighton
47. Butler
53. Providence
67. Seton Hall
75. St. John's
101. DePaul

 
 

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