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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Former Nebraska star Ndamukong Suh will watch his Huskers make the switch to the Big Ten this season.  File Photo  Big Ten, Nebraska believe they’re a perfect match  By Eric Olton  AP Sports Writer  UNCOLN, Neb.  Ncbr.iska has ottic ially tiofl the knot with the Big T('ti anfl, uniikc its marriage of (onvenii’rK i‘ vvitfi  COLLEGE  FOOTBALL f)arties  (“ n t e r  this one Ix'lieving they're a [H>rt('it mat( h.  Ne!)raska, which hvi ame an activ(> Big Ten mt'nilxT on Friday, g(Hs tht» stability ot a lOS-vear-oid (ont('r(>n(e that includes some ot tfie l)iggest names in (ollege athletics and an asso( iation with some ot th(' most prestigious puF)lic institutii)ns m tht' land.  I lie Big l('n gets a valu-ahl(' national brand in the ('ornhuskers, one that gives the (onterenc e leverage in tuture television riglits negotiations.  Nebraska loses its gamts agcunst sch<K)ls with whic h it has had cc'ntun^ -oid rt*la tionships, such as Kansas and Missouri, and gains a border war with Iowa and high-powf^red mate hu[)s With Ohio State, f’enn State' and Wis( onsin, among othe'rs.  ( ommissioner )im l)('lany said the Fluskers are a natural tit.  Fhis was purely a fe)ot-balbdriven move. Five national championships and a coast‘to-coast tan tollowing made Ne'Ixaska extremelv attrae tive to De'lany and the many millions watching on ABC /ESPN and the Big Ten Netwe>rk.  "I we)uld assume that it wc‘ didn't have a good tootball tradition that we )robabiy wouldn't have ')e(*n invitenl," Nebraska athletic director Tom ()sborne said.  Hie FHuskers are in the I egends Division with lowti. Mil higan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northweste'rn. They'll find out )ust how gex)d the>y are  t:.'  J  in tiieir inaugural sc'ason, starting with nationally tc'l-e’vise'd cross-eiivision night games at Wisconsin on Oe t, I and against ()hio State in Lineoln the iollow-ing w e-ek.  Tlie Fkiskers host Michigan State and Northwestern betöre back-to-l)ac k roaet games against Penn State and Michigan, and Iowa will visit l,in< oin the day after Ih.mksgiving. They miss out on pla\ ing two ot th(‘ three teams with losing records last se*ase)n.  It the Husk(*rs can win 10 games tor the third sea-se>n in a row, it would be a marvc'lous accom()iish-ment, Osborne said,  "It's one ot the tougher sche*dules we've had in a long time," he said.  Game days at Nc'braska are like those at other Big Ten venues, with the- large crowcfs, tailgating and other traditions. Delany said Nel)raska tans will teel comtortable at places such as Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and VVisconsin.  "I think the'y'll tee'l they came home in some ways," Delany said.  Nebraska ne'ver te'lt at home in the Big 12 Oslx)rne has said as much.  The perception in Nel)raska was that lexas held too much political control from Day 1,  Th(' purpose of the' Big Fight Southwest ('onte'r-enee merger, announe{‘fl in 19‘)4 and etie'ctive' in I9‘)(), was to cash iti on me reasing tele'vision rights tees.  The Big 1 ight schools were in s[)arse>i\ ¡K>|)ulated states that had a eombine'd 7 pe'reent ot the nation's TV sets, Th(‘ tour Texas sch(K)is that joined fh(> Big \2 w'vrv in a state with another 7 perc ent ol the nation's TVs, and they were in a conte'renee* on the verge e>t eolia[)se because ol chcMting scandals.  Ni'br.iska look it as a sign ol things to come whi'n Steve Hatchell, the SW( cofTimissioner, was named the iirst commissioner ot the Big 12 and Dallas was picked over Kansas Cjt\ as league heackjuarters.  Nebraska wantenl to ce)ntinue accepting an unlimited number ol partial aeade*mic (jualitiers, as allowe'd by Big Fight rules, but that policy wasn't i ar-ried over to the Big 12 largely bc'cause ot Texas' opposition.  More re*centl\, Osborne was irke'd b\ the vote to play the Big 12 champi-onshi[) game' tor what would have been tive straight years at ('owboys Stadium in Arlington. Osl)orne [jrelerrc'd a north-  south rotation, the point IS moot now. Ttie N( A,A do('sn't allow eonlereni (' (hampionship game's in levigues with less than 12 mennbe'rs  1 he lin.iru i.ils weTe-.UK)the'r issue*, in the» Big 12, a school ge'ne‘r,U(‘s greater re>venue tor itsell with more TV .ippe‘arance*s in tootball and me-n's b.is ke'ti)all, and tor aelvani ing I LI rt her in the N( AA mc'n's basketball tournament.  In the Big Ten, reve'nuc' trom TV eontrac ts. bow Is and N( nu'iis basket ball tournament sh<ires aie-divided evenly.  Ne'braska's move* to tlie Big Ten v\,is tlie result ot whirlwind c onte're'ni e-realignment last lune'.  I he Ptic ilic- in made- >in unsuccesstul pLi\ lor si\ Big 12 s( hools, inc lueling lexas. Hael more* than )ust ( olorado leHt to join what IS becoming the' Pac 12, the' Big 12 would ha\{' struggled to sur\ ivc'.  (iOing to the' Big Te'it with it^ stability .tnd grc'ater rc'venuc' potential, was a no brainer.  Nebraska actually h<id bc'en waiting tor a Big le-n invitation tor dcM ades.  ShortK alter Penn State* bc'c ame the Big Ic'n's 1 1 th member in 19‘H), then Nc'braska athle'tic dirc'ctor Bob [>'vanev spoke w ith Delany about the* possibility ot the IcMgue taking in the C'ornhuskc'rs to make' it an even 12.  The addition ot Nc'bras-k.i strengthens ttie* Big U'n, and Delany doc'sn't know when, or it, the* ie'aguc' will c'xpand again.  "The Pc'nn State addition in the east and tlie' Nc'braska addition in the vvc'St, it's a pre'ttv powc'ilul twe)-institutie)n e'xpansion," he said. "VVe were* e au tious and conser\ative and took our time. Where we' are now [)oMtions us c'xceptionalK well lor lulure ele'c adc's.   WWW.HERALD-ZE1TUNG.COM   Home  Marketplace  (  MORE IN IT  )  Classifieds  Home ‘  IE  I Íkisami I f KITt ^l  l UMMI '^11  I Sovini Nm BHunlcl!, SCOTi»ICoumy»intt IÍ52 Cal8S06».)1Mor comel>y707UndaSt  HERALD-ZEITUNG.COM | Sunday, July 3, 2011 | 3B  ► pfìAnoiF  Watney, Fowler share lead at Aronimink  NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP)  Kii kie Fowler's ordinary sc'ason came* to lite* Satur day in the AT8íT National On a day in which the course re*< nrd laste'd only 20 mitiutes bi'c iHise ot such low scoring, fowler did his ()art by m.iking six birdies in his opening 10 hole's and wound uf) with <i f)-unde'r hA to sh.ire' the le',id with World (joIi C hampionshi|) winner Nie k Watne'y.  lor ,ill the* hype over ihe tashionable' lowler, the 22-ye-ar-old hasn't won on the* f’CiA Tour in 4(> starts as |)ro. Fie g.jve himsc'll a c hanc e at Aronimink with .) game* so cKnamic that he misse*d two putts inside 10 lee't ,ind still shot U) e>n the troni flint’  Watnev did his damage* on the b,i( k nine* and be'c.imc* the third player to brc'.ik the e ourse- ree ord on gre'ens that were* '^ur()rislng-K sott. W'lth a Í0 toot e*agle' putt on ttic' I (ith. <ind a d.ir-ing we'dge' to S te-e-t on the' 1 r’th he she)t 27 on the bae k nine' and tinishe'd with a (>2. Fh<)t broke* the* re*ce)rd ot ? that Stc’ve Marino h.iel <)bout 20 minute's earlie*r. Marino I).id male heel the* re*( ord tii.it ( hris kirk poste'd  al)out an hour be*tore that.  Adam Sc ott had a 66 and flidn't fe'el as though he had made* up much ground.  "I'm ejuite ha[>py with a ()(), to be* honest," Scott said, "But yeah, it doesn t re'ally stack up against a 62, does it'”^  ()t the "6 pla\e*rs who tec'd oft Saturday - Vi)ay Singh witheirf*w be'cause* ot a F),i( k in|ury — 40 e)t the*m had rounds m the 60s.  The* tourname*nt, howe'v-e'r, re'mains wide* ope*n going into the linal round today.  lowler and Watne’y were* at '>-under 201, one shot ahe*ad ol hole* leader K .|, ( hoi, who starte'd and lin-ishc'd we*ll to e ompe*nsate lor some* [)oe)r shots in the middle, i hoi birdie*d twe> ot his last thr(*e* holc's, including a 50-toot birdie putt on the 1 8th, to s.ilvage* ,i S( ott, Marino .ind Wc'bb Simpson he had 64 that was easy to overlook — we*re* two she>ts bc'hind at 7-unde*r 20 5, while the group at 204 me lude'd Kirk and ( harlie Wi, whei was going along ni( cTv until he pla\e*ei it sale ott the i 1 6-yard 1 5th tee and wound u[) tour-putting tor a ele)uble* beige'W  A guide to the lockouts in the NFL and NBA  In \tar( h. Ml owne-rs loi kc'd out the*ir [¡layers, ()n I nd,i\, NBA e)wne*rs tollowe'd suit,  A look at what's at stake' in the* labor disputes, and how th(‘\ are* smiilar and ditte*r-  e>nt:  Q: What's with the NH and the \B,A being stuck in labor lo( koul at the same lirne'i' ,Are* the two situatie)ns e onnc'c tc‘d('  A: It's partly a ( oinc ick'nce lli.it the two le*<igues' colic'c-tive' barg.iining agre*eme*nts c*\pire'd w ilhin months ot CMC h ollu'r. But it's probaF)l\ no! a llukc' that owne*rs in both sports are* s.ning at the same* time that the* old ck'.ils elidn't provide ihc'm with sut-IK lent rc'venue. Fhe U,S. e*e onom\ is emerging trom a rc'ce'ssion. And Nl I and NB.-X leaders contend thc*re aren't C'nough ne'w revenue stre*ams to covc'r c osts tor l)uilding and improving stadiums and arenas.  Q; But haven't both sports bc'ing ek)ing vc'rv well rc'e e-nt-  >v'  A: The* NFL and NBA have c‘njoyc*d a surge' in intc're*st the' last (ouple* ot seasons, With ap|M*aling ston^ lines and big-name* stars driving rol)ust le*le*vision ratings. In tac t, the two most watclu'ei U.S. te'lc'-vision programs ot all time were the* past two Super  Bow'Is. And the NB.A, while* not the same draw as pro tootball, last month hael the* highest rating lor a ( jame 6 ol Its linal series in 1 1 vtvirs.  Both plave'rs' associations .irgue th.it's prool the le*agues .H(' bc'ttc'r oil th.in the*\ f>ur |)ort to be* Fhe owne*rs count-c'r that ratings and othe*r indi-e alors ol popularitv are irrc'l-evant w(ien thc'ir c'conomic models are broken. NBA owners sa\ the\ lost hun-drc'ds e)t millieins o| dollars in c'verv season ot fhe last I ollc'ctive' bargaining agrc'C'-ment, v\hich was ratitic'd in 200S. cording to le*ague ottic iais, 22 ol the* 50 te*ams v\e*re losing monc'\ this past sc'ason.  Q: Should tans be worried about losing game's in e*ither Situation''  A: ,-\nything's possible, [here was optimism earlier this we'C'k that an NFl deal was nc’ar but the' sides went into the* holidas wee'kencl without an agree'ment Ihe Ic'ague' says it hasn't set a deadline tor v\he*n game's would be* canc e*lc'd witFiout a ( BA. The' regul.tr season is suppose‘d to start Sept. 8, but the NFl could start later and still gc't m 16 games. The NB,A's rc'gular season isn't sc hc'dulc'd to start until around late* October, but i)c)th side*s s.i\ they're' verv lar apart.  •com  \rc‘MHi inedie liel|) mhi need for a loved  Hope Hospice is the area's only independefit, not-for-profit hospice.  24/7 access to your core team  ¥  ¥  ¥  ¥ Expert staff  Medicare/CHAP  certified  Extensive family support  Pick-up or Delivery AND We Install!  HOURS: Mon-Sat 8-5:00 • Sun 10-4:00 (830) 627-8873 • 19050 1-35 S. 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