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Big East reportedly interested in own ‘Champions Bowl’

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Now that the Rose Bowl and Champions Bowl are locked in — reportedly — to TV broadcasting rights worth roughly $80 million annually through 2026, it’s only natural that other conferences would start wondering just how they can get in on the new postseason cash cow.

Among the conferences formulating new bowl possibilities is the Big East, currently in the middle of its annual media days. Joe Schad of ESPN reports that the league “has discussed starting a new bowl game for its champion, likely in Florida, starting with the 2014 season.”

The format would be similar to the Champions Bowl, where the conference determines TV partnership — most likely with the broadcast company that purchases the league’s media rights — and host site, and revenue flows directly back into the league.┬áThat’s where the discernible difference between a Big East champions bowl and a Big 12/SEC bowl would begin: the payout. That would more than likely depend on the opponent tie-in.

For example, the ACC is contractually tied to the Orange Bowl through 2026 and has already spoken to Notre Dame about a partnership. But, that game is still only half-slotted for now and there’s been no indication yet (and I don’t expect there will be) that the Big East will be the permanent opponent for the Orange Bowl.

Unofficially, the Big East has to move forward without a contractual tie-in to a major bowl — the new “automatic qualifier” status. Forming a league champion bowl and dictating the terms of the agreement would be the smart alternative.

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9 Responses to “Big East reportedly interested in own ‘Champions Bowl’”
  1. fcmlefty1 says: Jul 31, 2012 9:50 AM

    Wether this is a good or bad idea is tied to one thing: whom they contract to be the opponent. Landing, say, Big Ten #3 or SEC #4 would make it as relevant as a non-BCS Bowl (hate to use that term anymore, but for lack of a better term at this time, thats what I’ll call it) can be. If it ends up being, say, Big 10 #7 or Conf USA/MWC, its going to be terrible.

  2. normtide says: Jul 31, 2012 10:11 AM

    I hope they do not expect $80 million.

  3. whoisedgy says: Jul 31, 2012 10:17 AM

    Inherent problem for new Big East-none of the schools would considered big-time draws. Even Boise plays in a small stadium. Networks want eyeballs and bowl hosts want people in the stands. No bigger turn off than thousands of empty seats being broadcast. This is too little, too late for Big East. Orange Bowl was their last, best chance but it appears that game doesn’t want BE.

  4. coolhorn says: Jul 31, 2012 10:22 AM

    I figure the worldwide leader has enough spare change left after buying the Rose and Champions bowls give the Big (L)east some kind of payday for their proposed bowl. If they need a regular partner for the bowl, they need to give C-USA a call.

  5. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 31, 2012 10:35 AM

    I have a question, assuming that Dallas (or Atlanta) lands the Champions Bowl. Who does the Sugar Bowl get? They used to be locked in with the SEC, but that sounds like it is going away. Or will they essentially become the Cotton Bowl and get like 3rd choice of the SEC?

  6. huskersrock1 says: Jul 31, 2012 10:44 AM

    They are going to call it the Tiolet bowl.

  7. cubano76 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:10 PM

    The Springfield Giants of the Pop Warner League has stated they will play the winner of the Big East where ever they want. Then they giggled.

  8. wvucolumbus says: Jul 31, 2012 12:17 PM

    I think the Big East and ACC are PERFECT for each other as the 3rd tie-in. Both b-ball conferences who place MUCH less emphasis on f-ball and have had similar success over the past decade or so. They could play in the Orange Bowl and somehow get ND involved if they have an unexpectedly good season.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Jul 31, 2012 5:08 PM

    Ha ha ha. Yeah, right.

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