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Updated: Report says talks over between BYU, Big East

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We briefly mentioned in our post last week about the potential for future SEC expansion that BYU could be very, very close to joining the Big East — perhaps as soon as early this week.

Well, it’s early this week, and there’s nothing yet. Then again, realignment tends to move at a completely arbitrary pace rather than the pace at which it’s being reported. But some of the same issues that prevented BYU from joining the Big 12 could be slowing things down between the school and the Big East.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that, while a deal between BYU and the Big East isn’t dead, the school’s TV deal with ESPN is one of a few “stumbling blocks” that is preventing a deal from being finalized. From the Tribune:

Apparently, BYU wants to retain its home television rights through its eight-year arrangement with ESPN that allows the broadcast sports giant to televise all but one BYU home football game per season with an estimated payout of between $1 million and $2 million per game. The deal with ESPN allows BYU’s own network, BYUtv, to broadcast the one game not picked up by ESPN and also allows the Cougars to show replays of all their ESPN broadcasts — home or away — on BYUtv.

The Big East does not want to hand over those rights to BYU, primarily because it wants the option of using them when it negotiates a new television contract next year and believes it could affect the value of that contract.

The article also cites BYU’s apparent concern about whether or not the Big East would be able to retain its BCS automatic qualifying status beyond 2013. The BCS could, however, vote to remove AQ status beyond that date when the cartel BCS meets again to discuss membership.

But getting back to BYU’s TV deal, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that it’s holding up negotiations. The eight-year deal with ESPN and BYUtv has already proven to be a insurmountable hurdle for Big 12 membership; likewise, the Longhorn Network has kept Texas out of the Pac-12. That isn’t meant to compare the LHN to BYUtv — they’re not quite the same thing in terms of programming — but the institution-associated networks have nevertheless caused negotiation headaches on more than one occasion.

All of that could lead to the Big East choosing another member over BYU, the Tribune reports: San Diego State.

Not joking, folks; I wish I was.

But, with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, don’t expect any news on realignment until next week regardless of whomever it might involve.

UPDATED 7:41 p.m. ET: A source has told the Associated Press that talks have officially ended between the Big East and BYU, and that the Cougars will not be joining the conference. The source said that talks broke down after BYU said they  wanted to retain the rights to its home football games.

Additionally, a source with knowledge of the situation has told CBS that “the Big East has moved on” from BYU, with another adding that San Diego State was now in the Big East picture.

Because, you know SDSU is totally an eastern school. Good grief, conference realignment sucks.

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14 Responses to “Updated: Report says talks over between BYU, Big East”
  1. mrf47 says: Nov 22, 2011 1:28 PM

    At least BYU and San Diego St. are East of something…like Japan…which is more reasonable than the Big 10 and its 12 member schools.

  2. whoisedgy says: Nov 22, 2011 1:33 PM

    Run BYU, run as fast as you can away from this train wreck. Thank goodness, WVU got away!

    ps…Happy Thanksgiving

  3. drummerhoff says: Nov 22, 2011 2:10 PM

    The Big East should file a suit against ESPN.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:37 PM

    And another tv deal screws up this realignment mess. What’s it going to cost the Big 12 with only 9 members now? And the BE shouldn’t have ANY tv contract with only 5 or 6 members. That conference will be dead within their stupid 27 month waiting period.

    What happened to all their other invitees that don’t want to be in the Big East? Sure got quite. I guess they’re too busy in court trying to keep WVA from leaving now along with two or three more of their little kingdom.

  5. drmonkeyarmy says: Nov 22, 2011 2:52 PM

    And still Temple is getting the shaft.

  6. deadeye says: Nov 22, 2011 3:03 PM

    I’m surprised that BYU would even consider the Big East because that conference appears to be in a death spiral. However, if their tv deal is preventing consideration from the PAC-12 and BIG-12, the BE is probably the last/best option. Does this potential move by BYU signal their perception that super-conferences are inevitible?

  7. quizguy66 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:03 PM

    Can’t wait until the Big East extends an invitation to Alaska-Fairbanks and Hawaii.


  8. burntorangehorn says: Nov 22, 2011 5:16 PM

    I’m still really disappointed that the Big 12 won’t invite BYU. WVU was a decent addition, and TCU a so-so one, but BYU or Louisville would’ve been an even better one. Ideally all four would happen, but the conference ended up with the least valuable two of the four.

  9. sssjim7 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:29 PM

    Good for them…

  10. vincentbojackson says: Nov 22, 2011 8:39 PM

    The “Big East” is no longer “Big” or “East”.

  11. David says: Nov 22, 2011 8:55 PM

    If BYU passes on joining a conference that is a shell of its former glory and likely to be relegated to television obscurity and lower-tier status, can you blame them?

    Independence is not an ideal situation but its probably the best option for them right now. At least until the dust settles and the picture is more clear.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:29 PM

    The BE is dead. No school in their right minds want to be associated with that bunch.

  13. dmcgrann says: Nov 22, 2011 9:34 PM

    Hello! My name is Big East Football!

    just shoot me now…

  14. maninmo says: Nov 22, 2011 11:08 PM

    They need to get there stuff togather and the # of teams they need so WV, Pitt & ‘Cuse can go to there new conferences.

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