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Because noone really wants to leave the bevy of ESPN platforms if they dont have to. The clause is strictly there to ensure that ESPN pays them market value no matter how big and powerful ESPN gets.
I think you have to take off the $10 million for basketball next season. The new contract is $120 million over 6 years. Of course, I've read so much stuff I have no idea if that's right.
ESPN execs are a 1000 times smarter than Univ Presidents, most of which have zero business experience.
There is plenty of dumb to go around.
The "Big East" needs to let the BE name go to the C7 now and adopt the name "ESPN's BE-atch".
Sucks to be us.
One thing we have learned from this whole NBC experience: That whole thing about a network pumping up the rights fees in the interest of having strong programs (i.e. "their product") can be flushed straight down the crapper.
I'm glad Whit has been thinking out of the box in terms of finding additional revenue streams (i.e. Nippert). As grim as it is, I believe things are net better than with Thomas, and without the built-in conference advantage. Now, it won't be a great situation if we are stuck too long, but for now, Whit is making sure things are not a disaster, at least.
This post was edited by BJUnklFkr 14 months ago
If we end up in the new Big East as currently structured, with a $1.8 million TV contract, you will be able to find Whit's resume at schools in all parts of the country and I wouldn't blame him.
I have been back and forth about who to be more ticked at, between ESPN and NBC. As much distaste I have for ESPN right now, it serves NBC right with their lowball bid.
I agree. If they really wanted to break into college football, they couldn't afford to lowball. How else would they be able to show any other conference they could be looked at as a serious alternative?
There is a possibility that they have decided to wait and make a legitimate bid for one of the big 4 rather than risk something substantial on the BE (or whatever it will be called) in the "hopes" that it will be relevant.
This makes sense to me. NBC would want to make a big splash and get lots of attention so they can move viewers away from their network competitiors. They can't afford to invest lots of money on a weak move. Somehow, they need to reach audience critical mass quickly enough to convice advertizers to pay attention to their offereings.
Is not the money from the schools leaving the conference a help in transition?
Are Pitt and 'Cuse not having to pay more to leave with only one year notice?
Band aids for a severe laceration.
Pitt and Cuse paid 10 million each. WVU 20 million. I'm guessing Rutgers, ND and UL 10 million. Although I have heard nothing definitive about the last three.
Keep in mind that (ideally) it could be split ten ways, so the money will not last forever. I don't even think it has been decided exactly how that money will be split anyway.
Think about this... The ENTIRE conference has just been valued at the price of ONE Big XII team...
Also think about this... The "All Sports" BE has just been valued at 3 times LESS than the new "C7" conference that does not have FB, which is supposed to "be driving the bus" in this new world.
Just based upon results, Aresco is an abject failure as a commissioner and needs to be fired. I never would have ever thought I would have said this, but we absolutely would have been better off with "Meatball" Marianatto.
NBC ain't dumb. WE are. I sincerely hope Ono pushes for the outright rejection of the contract.
I said it before but based on the numbers I think it is time we revisit going Indy/C7 again (if we do not get invited to a power conference in the next few months). The longer we stick around in the BE the more our value will depreciate. I don't care if the rules dictate only conference members and ND can go to the playoffs..... it is not as if we have much of a shot of that in the BE anyway.
This post was edited by CliftonAve 14 months ago
And who will we play? The Big 4 will insist on PBS. And if we are going to play a bunch of MAC schools, then we might as well be in the MAC. (Not that I think we should be in the MAC).
Scheduling is about the only thing being a member of the BE is an advantage for...
One thing about the whole ESPN thing that I have wondered about is whether or not there was a threat that, if the BE went to NBC, that the other conferences would basically "black-list" the BE when it came to OOC due to their contracts with ESPN/FOX. I know, I know, that would be collusion, but you have to PROVE collusion and that can be tricky sometimes, especially when something is inferred and not explicit. But perhaps ESPN made it clear that, if the conference went NBC, in the future it might be rather difficult for BE schools to find quality teams to play OOC.
I am willing to cut Aresco some slack here, but the results at this point are just horrific.
So what exactly has the former network exec done since he has been commish ? This is bad, the whole damn boat is on fire, and I can't find a life jacket.
This post was edited by fourleaf 14 months ago
What did you expect him to do? The ship was sinking when he took over and did the best he could do to keep it a float. What has not been reported yet is will there be any other networks involved in this deal ala, CBS or Fox will they get some Big East games as well and if so will additional money come from that part?
In the end none of this really matters as once the Maryland suit is settled for less than 50 million the Big 10 will take 2 more from ACC and UC will end up where they belong.
Unless the ACC remains at 12 teams.
They cant because they have obligations for amount of content that they must produce and that is based off of 14 team league.
Agree. This mess is not on Aresco. He inherited a bad hand and then it got worse. I feel sorry for the guy.
Ahhhh... very solid point
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