How much is the Heisman worth to ND?


How much is the Heisman worth to ND?

Should Manti Te'o beat out Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein for the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, he would join an elite group of college athletes and even more exclusive list of defense-only players to win the prestigious award.
A career on Sundays likely awaits Te'o next fall, with millions of dollars in guaranteed money, but Notre Dame may also benefit financially if Te'o's name is called tomorrow night in New York City.
ESPN's Michelle Steele spoke with Baylor assistant athletic director Health Nielsen, who estimated the university profited 250 million in "extra donations, increased ticket sales,licensingfees, sponsorship deals, an expanded deal with Fox Sports Southwest" and even higher sales in corn dogs at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Griffin, who beat out Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck for the Heisman last year, also helped Baylor see a 10 percent rise in donations to the Bear Foundation. Royalties on branded merchandise are up more than 50 percent, the Baylor athletics page saw records for internet traffic, and Griffin's award helped finalize plans for a new 250 million stadium.
Notre Dame isn't pushing for a new stadium, and has its TV deal as secure as any team in the country, and the program as a whole is much more stable than Baylor's was before Griffin's magical season. But if Te'o can come home to South Bend with a Heisman Trophy in his hands, the Fighting Irish stand to see a substantial financial raise, even before they square off with Alabama in the National Championship on Jan. 7.

Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule


Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

Uncap those markers and start circling your calendars, Blackhawks fans. The 2018-19 season is officially out.

The Blackhawks will kick off their 91st campaign in franchise history with a road contest against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Oct. 7, with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m.

The Blackhawks have 14 back-to-back games, and the longest road trip of the season is three, which takes place five times over the course of the season; the longest homestand is four games, from Dec. 12-18.

The biggest highlight of the season will be the Original Six Winter Classic Showdown between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1 at Notre Dame Stadium. It will be the sixth outdoor appearance for Chicago, and fourth in the Winter Classic.

The Blackhawks will also square off with the defending champion Washington Capitals on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., and welcome them to Chicago on Jan. 20, set for NBC's Game of the Week at 11:30 a.m.

Here's a look at the full schedule:

2018 Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

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2018 Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

Chicago Bears training camp is right around the corner with the first practice (non-padded) is scheduled for July 21. 

Bears veterans and rookies will report a few days ahead of the first practice session to acclimate themselves to their new (for some) surroundings. Rookies report on July 16, with veterans coming three days later on July 19.

All eyes will be on QB Mitch Trubisky and the potentially high-flying offense under coach Matt Nagy. Training camp will take on extra importance because of the plethora of new faces on the roster and the coaching staff as well as the installation of a completely new offensive scheme. It's critical that Trubisky builds chemistry with wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Kevin White, all of whom he's never thrown a regular-season pass to. Add Trey Burton to that mix and a lot of miscues should be expected in the preseason.

The rookie class is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who remains unsigned. With less than 30 days until rookies are required to report, a greater sense of urgency -- even if it's not quite a panic -- is certainly creeping in. Assuming he's signed in time, Smith should earn a starting role early in training camp and ascend to one of the defense's top all-around players.