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Paul Tagliabue, the Commissioner of the NFL from 1989 until 2006, will serve as a Special Advisor to the Big East Conference to provide strategic advice on future television arrangements and other priority matters, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto announced. Tagliabue, who currently chairs the Board of Directors of Big East member Georgetown University, will serve the Big East on a volunteer basis.
"Few individuals have had as broad and deep experiences in sports as Paul Tagliabue," stated Commissioner Marinatto. "Paul's understanding of collegiate athletics and academics and his extensive experience and leadership of the NFL for 17 years will certainly be invaluable to the Big East Conference and its 16 member institutions."