Hey, remember last year when we thought it was pretty slick that ESPN scheduled a Marquette-Louisville basketball game on Super Bowl Sunday?
Well, it appears that Fox Sports might be going one step further this year.
The New York Giants and New York Jets are co-hosting Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, on February 2nd with Fox providing the broadcast. It seems that the Big East's new television partners are looking to make a weekend of the event. In addition to what will probably be a UFC On Fox fight card at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on February 1st, MLive.com's Diamond Leung is reporting that Marquette will be a part of a college basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on the 1st as well.
YOUR Golden Eagles will face off with St. John's in a Big East regular season clash which will be paired up with a non-conference game between Georgetown and Michigan State. The day will wrap up as a basketball tripleheader at MSG with an NBA game with the New York Knicks hosting the Miami Heat. While Fox Sports doesn't hold rights to NBA games, they certainly have rights to Big East games. With the spotlight of the Super Bowl already on the NY/NJ area and all of Fox Sports' heavy hitters likely to be in town, the college basketball doubleheader certainly seems like the kind of event that they would want to make a big deal about. Perhaps even putting it on broadcast, over the air, "The Simpsons is up next" Fox?
Late last night, the Marquette men's basketball Twitter account posted a cryptic statement about a "rare opportunity." Could that opportunity be the chance to play a game on broadcast television Fox as part of Super Bowl Weekend?
UPDATE! Fox Sports made it official on Thursday, announcing that the games will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Marquette/St. John's will tip off at 11:30am Central, followed by Georgetown/Michigan State at 2pm. Even without the national broadcast platform, it's still a fantastic opportunity, especially when you consider that Fox will be running ads for this constantly during the NFC Championship Game.