This breaks down to $76.67 million per year, of $4.79 million per team (based upon 16 teams).
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_693311.html), this would push that up (assuming comparable 6-year contract) to about 6-7. Still a small number compared to what we're looking at, but if the big 12 contract could increase by the same % itd be big.
I have been saying this the whole time, how could people gauge the Big East on their old contract? Imaging if they could throw in the Dallas, Kansas City, Wichita, St Louis and Des Moines markets.....
Two of those markets you mention matter 0.
That much money for what's arguably the weakest (and inarguably the smallest) BCS football conference?
We gon' get paid. Straight cash, homey.
I just hope that Fox and NBC throw their hats into the ring when our network contract comes up. Their interest will dictate how much ESPN will be willing to pay to keep the Big12. There really aren't that many options out there if networks want to show college football. From what I understand, the Big12 is that next big conference to come up for negotiation. Fox picking up the BCS shows that they are looking at college football and I would think that they'd want to push into the regular season if they want to be taken seriously.
So is our TV contract also football and basketball like the Big East? So if Fox gets the football contract, could ESPN still get basketball?
So if its a 4 year deal, the most the BE is getting is 9.4 million for all sports schools with the non-fb drawing 3.7 mil.
If its 5 years:
7.5 million All Sports
3 million non-fb
6.3 All Sports
5.4 million all sports
By comparison the B12 is projected to get 130-140 per year once Fox renegotiates in April and already has it firm 60 million per year from ESPN. Each figure puts each school well above 14 million even after the 20 million payments are made.
While I certainly hope a bidding war drives up the price, I'm definitely pulling for ESPN to win the Big 12 rights. I actually do not like their coverage, but having ESPN3 for the games that don't make national TV is a big deal for (way) out-of-staters like myself.