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ESPN Matches NBC Offer

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Posted: 2/21/2013 11:39 PM

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The Big East will sign a 22 million annual deal with ESPN. 

The Big East and ESPN are finalizing a seven-year media rights deal worth $130 million through the 2019-20 school year, league sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Thursday.

Last week, the Big East received an official offer from NBC Sports Network, but since ESPN is currently the primary rights holder it had one week to match NBC's offer to retain the Big East's rights.

ESPN's package includes annually broadcasting 65 football games, 150-plus basketball games, a conference football championship game and the Big East men's basketball tournament on ESPN's family of networks, sources said.
In 2011, ESPN offered a new nine-year deal to the Big East worth $1.17 billion or an average of $130 million annually. However, the Big East's presidents voted to turn down the deal that would have earned football members nearly $14 million a year.

However, even that number remains uncertain. Some league members, most notably UConn and Cincinnati, continue to lobby to join other leagues.

Cincinnati president Santa Ono recently sent each ACC president video descriptions of the Bearcats' $70 million upcoming stadium renovation and holiday cards in hopes of helping land an ACC invitation, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday.

In 2015, Navy is scheduled to join the Big East as the league's 11th school, competing as a football-only member. Tulsa and UMass are the leading candidates to become the Big East's 12th member if the league decides to expand, sources told ESPN.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/89729 75/big-east-conference-espn-finalizing-7-year-130- million-media-deal

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Posted: 2/21/2013 11:41 PM

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65 football games a year.. Not too shabby. They will certainly be on TV.. I wish CBS Sports showed 65 football game a year.

When C-USA signs a new deal they need to get games on TV and not just money.

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Posted: 2/21/2013 11:56 PM

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It will take the schools that left C-USA 11.6 years of extra tv revenue to pay their exit fee from C-USA and entrance fee to the BE.. With this TV deal the Big East should lower their fee for those schools.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 8:12 AM

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herd0ne wrote: 65 football games a year.. Not too shabby. They will certainly be on TV.. I wish CBS Sports showed 65 football game a year.

When C-USA signs a new deal they need to get games on TV and not just money.

Our TV deal is atrocious. I'd rather be on TV than get the cash. Our exposure is pretty much nill around the country.
We are perfectly fine in nCUSA, I have no issues. If we win, all will take care of itself.

But the fact is, if you aren't on ESPN, you aren't shiite.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 9:15 AM

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I wonder when these BE football games will be televised? Are they going to be part of ESPN's Saturday football coverage? Or, will they be like the MAC and play a lot of mid-week games?

I think this is good news for the next C-USA football contract, because NBC Sports Network still needs football to televise. Hopefully C-USA can leverage CBS Sports Network vs. NBC Sports Network to get a better deal.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 10:34 AM

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Keep in mind that many of those games will only have coverage on ESPN3.com which is pretty much like having no coverage at all.  Nobody will see those games except for the fans of the teams in those games.  Unless they are playing a lot of midweek games, I doubt you'll see them much on ESPN or ESPN 2.  Most of those 65 will probably be ESPNU and ESPN3.com
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Posted: 2/22/2013 10:36 AM

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I think you're right Rockin.  NBC only has the IVY League on NBC-SN and Notre Dame on NBC. Their lack of FBS football could drive up the contract for C-USA, turning into a bidding war between them and FOX who will also have the new Fox Sports 1 channel. I'd love to see us go with NBC-first tier, FOX-second tier, CBS can have what's left. 

Having our tier 1 and tier 2 contracts on basic cable channels would be very good.

Of course ESPN would always be the best option, but they will never match our need for money, exposure & Saturday games.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:17 AM

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I dont mean to be overly negative but I dont think anyone would get into a bidding war for CUSA football rights. There is no demand for our games nationally, and in only a few of the markets where CUSA schools exist. Of the new CUSA members I would guess only Marshall, ODU, USM and MTSU have the primary following in their local (not regional)markets. The rest are pretty much secondary or worse. jmo.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:18 AM

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I think NBC is looking to put football on their sports network not on the main NBC channel. They have ND for the NBC affiliate. So just like CBS Sports we don't need on another network that over half the country does not subscribe to. For the fans and for the exposer we need back on ESPN. No Fox Sports 1 either. I have never even heard of that channel let alone is available to me.

Even if that means ESPN 3. Being on the computer for free sure beats that all access package on Herdzone.

ESPN is in every home in America that has cable or satellite. If we don't get back on ESPN it does not matter who we get cause it will be a third tier sports network nobody watches.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:31 AM

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herd0ne wrote: I think NBC is looking to put football on their sports network not on the main NBC channel. They have ND for the NBC affiliate. So just like CBS Sports we don't need on another network that over half the country does not subscribe to. For the fans and for the exposer we need back on ESPN. No Fox Sports 1 either. I have never even heard of that channel let alone is available to me.

Even if that means ESPN 3. Being on the computer for free sure beats that all access package on Herdzone.

ESPN is in every home in America that has cable or satellite. If we don't get back on ESPN it does not matter who we get cause it will be a third tier sports network nobody watches.
NBC Sports Network is channel 32 on Suddenlink, a few stations up from ESPN. It's not some obscure network no one gets without paying extra like CBS Sports Network.

As for FOX Sports 1, it isn't available to you because it isn't a channel yet. The Speed Channel (also a basic channel like NBC Sports Network and ESPN) will be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 in August.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:47 AM

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Neither of those are basic channels on Directv or Dish Network. Speed is a 2 tier channel and NBC Sports is a third tier. Thats great Sudden Link has them both in their expanded basic but not all the other cable companies and satellite providers do. Everybody gets ESPN.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:54 AM

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Who gets Direct TV and ONLY gets a basic tier package?
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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:58 AM

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Directv like I said has speed in tier 2 and NBC Sports in Tier 3. Same for Dish Network.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:59 AM

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With both Satellite companies Tier 2 is their most popular packages.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 3:02 PM

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svherd wrote: I dont mean to be overly negative but I dont think anyone would get into a bidding war for CUSA football rights. There is no demand for our games nationally, and in only a few of the markets where CUSA schools exist. Of the new CUSA members I would guess only Marshall, ODU, USM and MTSU have the primary following in their local (not regional)markets. The rest are pretty much secondary or worse. jmo.
I don't think these channels will get into an all out bidding war for C-USA sports, but both need the inventory of games to broadcast on their channels.  By the time C-USA's TV deal expires, Fox Sports 1 should be on the air.  They will need an inventory of games as well.  My point is that C-USA might get a better TV deal than they normally would with the defections of all of these schools to the Big East.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 3:13 PM

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RockinHerdFan wrote:
svherd wrote: I dont mean to be overly negative but I dont think anyone would get into a bidding war for CUSA football rights. There is no demand for our games nationally, and in only a few of the markets where CUSA schools exist. Of the new CUSA members I would guess only Marshall, ODU, USM and MTSU have the primary following in their local (not regional)markets. The rest are pretty much secondary or worse. jmo.
I don't think these channels will get into an all out bidding war for C-USA sports, but both need the inventory of games to broadcast on their channels.  By the time C-USA's TV deal expires, Fox Sports 1 should be on the air.  They will need an inventory of games as well.  My point is that C-USA might get a better TV deal than they normally would with the defections of all of these schools to the Big East.
you are correct about needing inventory of games.  That alone will help our TV package.  With all of these networks creating more and more channels they have to have programming to show.  The Big East will not get many Saturday games on TV within the league.  My guess is most TV games on Saturday will involved the BEC rep and some other "bigger" team just like back in the MAC.  Actual conference games will be on weeknights or on ESPN3 on a Saturday.  ESPN3 is nice but it isn't like they are getting 65 ESPN/ESPN2 Games.  That is like 4 games a weekend on the network.

As for us...our confenrecne leaders just need to maximize our time on the Fox Sports Net channels without blackouts and possibly as an anchor on NBC sports.  I am pretty sure the whole 3rd tier rights are the rights that IMG has now.  We just don't have any local channel that wants to buy the TV rights and try to sell Advertising. 

I honestly think we will be just fine financially when it comes to our next TV contract.  The big thing is getting better exposure on a few other sports networks not called CSS and develop a better Web Product.  As I said somewhere else before...I have pulled up some EKU and Morehead games on their Web platform and it is way better than what All Access provides.  The quality is much better...not sure about how many camera angles but the picture quality is better.
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Posted: 2/23/2013 11:55 AM

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I just hope our next TV contract puts us on TV.

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