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Welcome to the American Athletic Conference
The new conference name was announced publicly after the university presidents involved voted on the moniker. Almost all the names up for discussion had some form of the word America or American involved as conference commissioner Mike Aresco pointed out.
"Versions that included the word 'American' led every list," Aresco said in a statement. "American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our re-invented Conference."
One of the biggest items to note about the AAC is that it is numberless. There had been plenty of discussion about naming the league something along the lines of the America 12, but the presidents did not want to get into a situation like the Big 12 (10 teams) or the Big 10 (soon to be 14 teams). This is especially important as the league will be at ten teams (2013) and eleven teams (2014) prior to the arrival of the Mids. This base also allows for expansion and contraction within the membership while still keeping the American Athletic Conference name.
The name has been welcomed by broadcast partner ESPN.
"The American Athletic Conference is a brand that suggests a national scope and quality membership," said Burke Magnus, the networks Senior Vice President for College Sports Programming. "It is an exciting time for the new conference and ESPN looks forward to our future together." This TV partnership is one that will only increase the national footprint for the Midshipmen as they will be able to additionally keep a slew of games with current broadcaster CBS until the latter part of the decade.
Though this is the third Division I conference to adopt an America/American based name (America East & Mid-American), the American Athletic Conference will be the only one at BCS level. This biggest irony of the name is that the closest current conference moniker is Conference USA, the same conference which the new league is raiding for much of its membership.
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