Surprise of the century, right?
It’s not much of a secret that the Big East faces uncertain times. In addition to the massive turnover, the league is facing its second lawsuit in the past year (courtesy of Pitt for the right to leave in 2013), and for a while, Boise State appeared on the fence about hopping over from the Mountain West.
At the center of the latter issue is the Big East’s TV deal, which is still to-be-announced after the conference reportedly turned down an offer last year that would have paid all-sports members roughly $14 million annually — BSU, a football-only member, would have received over $8 million annually — with the thought process at the time being the league could get more if it waited.
Turns out, that could be far from the truth.
Speaking with the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego State president Elliot Hirschman said the “most conservative estimate” he’s heard for the Big East’s new TV deal is $6.4 million (not pictured) per school annually. For what it’s worth, CBSSports reported last week that the conference payout could be as low as $50 million per year before being divided among its members.
Negotiations for the deal are reportedly set to begin in September, and in fairness, $6.4 million — if that is indeed the number — is still far greater than the $1.2 million in TV revenue the Aztecs receive from the Mountain West.
“While there is variability in some of the estimates, all the estimates continue to indicate a substantially greater number than is associated with our current Mountain West television contract,” Hirshman said.
Still, if the numbers floating to the top of the rumor mill have any merit, you can be sure there will be more than a few Big East presidents wondering about what could have been.