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.

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

How Cubs came to fully believe in the legend of Kyle Schwarber

White Sox agree to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos

Bulls Talk Podcast: March is Nikola Mirotic's month

Raiders-to-Vegas the latest in long line of NFL relocation drama, some of which included the Bears

Why Cubs fandom was inescapable in covering the greatest story in sports

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

Increased velocity has improved Anthony Swarzak's chances of making White Sox bullpen

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa