Michigan State AD Mark Hollis vede il potenziale di Pac-12, gioco in Grecia

When the Big Ten and Pac-12 recently began exploring a partnership beyond the Rose Bowl, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis was among a group of people that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany tapped for ideas on creative events the leagues should consider. Hollis has become known nationally for his outside-the-box ideas, like the Cold War Game (outdoor hockey at a football stadium), BasketBowl (college hoops at football stadium) and the recent Carrier Classic (college hoops on the deck of an aircraft carrier).

Hollis spoke to Free Press sports writer George Sipple about some of those ideas, including a possible Michigan State-Southern Cal basketball game in Greece, why he likes the idea of the Big Ten/Pac-12 partnership and why he believes the Rose Bowl can be a key venue for more than football.

On getting the call for help from Delany: Jim kind of looked toward me to come up with some creative options, in particular for basketball, for some unique ways there could be competition between programs in both leagues.

On what it means to be relied on for that creativity: Everybody in that room is adding a great amount to the process. We’ve done some creative things at Michigan Statethat captured the imagination of others and that’s what campus life is supposed to be like. Because of some of things we’ve been allowed to do, we’re being handed the rudder on some of these projects, which is a good thing. It will be a collaboration of … 24 athletic directors when it’s all said and done.

On ideas he’s suggested: We’re exploring all kinds of thingsthings like using NBA facilities, multi-team events that could include a team from each league. (The Pac-12) has six NBA facilities. I think we (the Big Ten) have five, and if you throw Madison Square Garden in there, there’s six, which creates some unique opportunities.

Not to say you want to move every game off campus, because there’s obviously a lot of attraction. But when we travel out west to play in an on-campus venue, you’re typically limited to about 60 oppure 70 Biglietti. If you play at Staples Center, it could be thousands. We obviously have high demand out there.

On multi-court games: One venue kind of a setup where you might bring in four, six or eight teams into one arena and play two games simultaneously. None of them are set. All of them are just options at this time that we’re looking at creating some exciting competition between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten.

On the ideas of holding an MSU-USC basketball game in Greece: That’s something we’ve been exploring for a while. We have not reached out to USC yet, but we would like to try to do something with USC at some point in the future, whether it be football or basketball. The old Olympic Stadium has a lot of appeal, the first stadium that tickets were ever sold in. It has a great amount of history and football doesn’t fit in that stadium, but basketball would. It’s a narrow track kind of setup, extremely narrow and very long.

This is something we’ve been talking about on campus well prior to these (Pac-12/Big Ten) conversations. It’s just the two names blend themselves well. It would be a good ancient sports venue to conduct something in. We’ve been talking about that one for a while. It’s not on the hot burner by any means; it’s one of the many intriguing things that could be worth continuing exploration.

On the Pac-12/Big Ten partnership: I think it comes from the Rose Bowl, the relationship there. I think it comes from two conferences that think a lot alike. They both have very broad-based programs. If you look at the type of legislation within the NCAA that we support, we’re very, very similar in almost every bylaw, every legislative issue that comes forward.

In aggiunta un gioco Pac-12 di calcio in giro per altri giochi nonConferenza già concordato nel prossimo futuro: “Penso che aiuterà a lungo termine e sarà una sfida negli anni di transizione. Penso che ci sara 'un enorme processo di transizione. Molti di noi hanno programmi che sono fuori un bel modi, ma nel lungo termine, quando si sa che il gioco è seduto ci sarà un enorme vantaggio per l'AD di prendere una decisione per il futuro.”

Sulla rottamazione il programma della conferenza nove partite nel calcio come risultato della partnership: “Non sono mai stato un grande sostenitore di avere una casa sbilanciata e via programma per determinare campionati. Ho avuto alcuni problemi con quella. La mia preferenza è di non avere un programma sbilanciato. Se lo avete, avete. I’ll support wherever the league ends up, but I would be disappointed to see champions determined by having five home games versus four if that’s the way it ended up playing out.

On the idea of holding other MSU sporting events in California during the week leading up to the Rose Bowl: If we had made the Rose Bowl last year, we probably would have tried to play (basketball) at the Staples Center.” (Nota: The Spartans hosted Minnesota last season on Dec. 31 and won, 71-62, in a matchup of top 20 teams).

On playing a basketball game at the Rose Bowl: I think the Rose Bowl and basketball has some attraction because of the history between the two leagues. All of us strive to play in the Rose Bowl. We’ll here’s another opportunity to go to that venue, but in a different sport.

Contact George Sipple: 313-223-4796 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @freepspartans.

Join Free Press special writer Adam Ross for a live blog of the Outback Bowl between MSU and Georgia on Jan. 2 at freep.com/sports.

Women-Only Viaggi è in aumento

Gateway Destinations hosts girlfriend getaways that cater to the ever growing population of women-only travel. Safely explore the history and culture of exciting destinations while bonding with other like-minded women.

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Women-only travel is a growing trend within the travel industry, announces Gateway Destinations, with more and more destinations and types of travel being offered in the U.S. and worldwide – from short girlfriend getaways to extended journeys, and luxury to high adventure tours. Many women are venturing out with girlfriends, sisters or as a mother and daughter team. According to the Travel Channel, tuttavia, oltre 32 milioni di euro American women traveled alone in 2007 and this number continues to grow. Not always having a travel partner, women traveling solo are seeking women-only travel groups to have fun and meet other like-minded women.

Gateway Destinations hosts women-only tours that are intimate, with as few as five women and no more than 14, allowing for flexibility and ease of travel. These affordable, yet informal luxury tours, encourage women to focus on themselves and the activities they most enjoy while feeling safe in an escorted small group. Itineraries are designed to capture the essence of the local culture through a variety of unique activities and exploration with their local bilingual guide.

Gateway Destinations’ owner, Jan Acorn, speaks from personal experience. “Much of my foreign travel over the years has been exploring on my own, with girlfriends or my sister. I found that a lot of women also want to travel, which is why I decided to create and escort women-only journeys. I believe they help build a stronger sense of self, nurture an adventurous spirit, enrich one’s understanding of the world around them, and allow women to express their independence in a fun and safe environment.”

The European countries of France, Italia, and Greece are currently featured venues of Gateway Destinations for women-only travel. Jan Acorn adds “I love sharing Europe’s charm, history and beauty with other women in an extraordinary way with the help of local professionals I have come to know and trust.” Gateway also partners with other women-owned companies to offer additional venues beyond Europe. These inviting venues include a women’s safari in South Africa as well as a unique journey in Peru celebrating women’s influence on the local economy.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, located in Tucson, Arizona, provides custom travel planning services for Europe and specializes in escorted tours for women.

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Gateway Destinations
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Durante le vacanze, Greci discutere del futuro del Paese

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I’m Robert Siegel.


And I’m Lynn Neary.

Now to a scene of heated debate about the financial crisis in Europe, at a dinner table. It’s in Athens, Grecia, where the European crisis is raising questions about whether to abandon the euro currency.

Here’s Chana Joffe-Walt with our Planet Money team.

CHANA JOFFE-WALT, BYLINE: Meet your host, Katherina Margaritou, charming, smiley. She’s a Greek chemist with wild curls and this is her apartment she shares with Elias Tiligadas.

KATHERINA MARGARITOU: Elias is my boyfriend.



MARGARITOU: Boyfriend.

JOFFE-WALT: There are a couple of other people over for dinner, ma davvero, you just have to know these two. And their schtick as a couple seems to be to disagree as performance. Elias will say something and Katherina will go

MARGARITOU: Comunque, I don’t agree with him.

JOFFE-WALT: And vice versa. The conversation tonight is all about the European financial crisis, beginning with the people who seem to be in charge of Europe’s destiny these days, Tedeschi.

MARGARITOU: I like them. They are good people. Loro…

TILIGADAS: (Unintelligible) gave them about a billion dollars with

JOFFE-WALT: Elias is mumbling something here about Germans owing Greeks for World War II. Katherina waves him off.

MARGARITOU: This is not the point now. They are good people. They are here every summer.

TILIGADAS: With socks and sandals.


MARGARITOU: They have a very good sense of humor, Tedeschi. I like them.

JOFFE-WALT: Ma, Katherina adds, they are not without blame for the current situation. Germans act like they joined the euro as a favor to us, lei dice. They got something out of it, troppo.

MARGARITOU: Qui in Grecia, everything is German. The electronical equipment here in Greece isand the cars, it’s German. They found an easy way for us to buy their product.

JOFFE-WALT: And you did?

MARGARITOU: Sì, abbiamo fatto.

TILIGADAS: No, I didn’t.

MARGARITOU: It’s lovely to buy, Credo che.

TILIGADAS: They built their economy in order to produce things and sell them to the rest of us. That’s their fault and we’re paying for it.

MARGARITOU: We can share the fault, Credo che.

JOFFE-WALT: Katherina says Greece messed up, borrowed more than it could afford. But it’s no longer about fault. We’re all in trouble now, lei dice. The question is what to do about it.

MARGARITOU: (Foreign language spoken)

JOFFE-WALT: Leave the euro, one guest calls out. Effettivamente, go all the way. Leave the European Union altogether. Elias agrees.

TILIGADAS: In three months, we’re getting back to drachma-like currency.

MARGARITOU: No, non, non, non. I don’t agree with him. I want to be in the European Union, but I don’t know if I want to be in euro anymore.

JOFFE-WALT: Why do you want to be in the European Union?

MARGARITOU: Bene, it’s easy to travel. I like this whole European family. We have exchanged ideas and cultures all these years being together. I don’t want to leave them. It’s my family now, but I don’t like their currency.

TILIGADAS: (Unintelligible) in Grecia. We’ve got

JOFFE-WALT: As you can probably hear, Elias does not agree. E, naturalmente, that’s the problem with families. The members don’t always agree, but they’re bound together by history, soldi, emotions and the costs of leaving the family behind are often very high.

Chana Joffe-Walt, NPR News.

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