If, prior to July 2013, the Big East reaches a new television contract that doesn’t allocate at least 70 percent of the proceeds to football broadcasts, SDSU can get out of the Big East by paying only $2.5 million.
The Big East’s football TV contract with ESPN expires on Dec. 31, 2013 and will be subject to negotiation next September. After joining, SDSU will share only in revenues generated by the Big East relating to football on the same terms as existing members. It is expected to be at least $6.4 million per member, up from the $1.5 million SDSU gets in the Mountain West.
On April 12, after a regularly scheduled meeting, the university's Board of Trustees is scheduled to announce its decision on whether the school will accept an invitation to join the Big East for football, the conference it has competed in for all other sports for the last 3 decades, and move up to Division I-A.
"We offered one gentleman a position here. However, his father has a terminal illness, and he's gonna go home to New Jersey to be with his father."
Q: What are the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS?
A: Some of the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS would include:
• Improvements to our on-campus football practice/training facilities. The cost of upgrading
practice facilities is preliminarily estimated at $35 million (for physical improvements only).
• Operational costs involved in an FBS move (above our current net expenditures), such as
additional salaries, marketing, and ongoing facility maintenance.
Because of competing institutional priorities, many of these investments would need to be fully funded through private gift support from donors. We are conducting financial analyses as well as a feasibility study to assess the implications of such private gift support–especially in terms of opportunity costs. That is, we are seeking to understand if donor support for football initiatives could preclude support for other initiatives at the university; and if so, how and to what extent.