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Report: NBC verbals offer for Big East TV rights

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With uncertainty swirling around future membership and whether or not it will remain a viable football conference, the Big East has reportedly garnered interest from a network with which I’m quite familiar.

According to, ironically enough, ESPN.com, the NBC Sports Network has given a verbal offer to the Big East to acquire that conference’s media rights.  Reportedly, the offer from NBC would be for upwards of $23 million annually; less than two years ago, the Big East turned down a TV deal that would’ve paid the conference $130 million annually.

The Big East’s current deal pays football schools a little over $3 million per year.  The offer from NBC would pay those schools roughly half that amount.

Per ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy and Andy Katz, “[o]nce the Big East receives an official offer from NBC Sports Network, the league must give ESPN, the Big East’s current rights-holder, the opportunity to match the deal.”

Just what any network that ultimately lands the Big East’s rights will receive in return when it comes to the most valuable commodity, football, is very much a fluid situation.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse are leaving this year for the ACC, Rutgers for the Big Ten next year.  Slated to join the Big East in 2013, both Boise State and San Diego State opted to remain in the Mountain West.  Current Conference USA members Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF are slated to join the league this year, although there’s speculation that the the two Texas schools could be MWC targets.  Tulane and East Carolina are expected to join the Big East in 2014, with Navy joining as a football-only member in 2015.

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9 Responses to “Report: NBC verbals offer for Big East TV rights”
  1. frug says: Feb 10, 2013 3:24 AM

    In the meantime, Fox has apparently offered the Catholic 7 schools $30-40 million depending on how many members they decide on.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8932681/big-east-catholic-7-close-reaching-media-rights-deals

    So yes, if this is correct the non-FB schools will make more than the FB schools.

  2. noring4youstill says: Feb 10, 2013 8:12 AM

    Big East and ND? Boy watch out

  3. catfanatic1979v1 says: Feb 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    Those teams should have stayed in CUSA. This really got them nothing.

  4. lbijake says: Feb 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    @Frug, Good info.

    Seems content matter almost as much as what sport is televised. Good thing about Catholic 7 is there can be some intense rivalries which will draw national interest. Plyus they may keep ties in basketball to some of the oridinal Big East like Pitt and “Cuse.

  5. ndnut says: Feb 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    NBCSN is probably the best offer the Big East will get.

  6. redpillmindstate says: Feb 10, 2013 1:07 PM

    As a University of Cincinnati fan I can’t help but be dissapointed…. we gained nothing and got nowhere …left in no mans land …. to good to go down to small to move up…. Hopefully we join the Catholic 7 in basketball and find a decent home outside of the Big Least for football we deserve better (Nancy Zampesse )

  7. pastabelly says: Feb 10, 2013 7:12 PM

    Pitt, Stracuse, and Louisville money will be diverted to the ACC. Why would Big East deserve that money without the schools?

  8. cranespy says: Feb 10, 2013 7:12 PM

    Big 12 should grab Cincy, Fla State, Miami and Ga Tech for a 14 team league before they get left behind by the coming super conferences.

  9. bowens3181 says: Feb 11, 2013 12:07 AM

    Why would schools like Florida State, Miami and Georgia Tech leave the ACC for Texas Longhorn Conference, oops, I mean the Big 12? ACC is on the upswing in both football and basketball, and the teams they have recently added put them at par, if not above the Big 12 in terms of overall conference quality in basketball and football.

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