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Sources suggest that if NBC, which is desperate for sports inventory, signs a TV contract with the...

Sources suggest that if NBC, which is desperate for sports inventory, signs a TV contract with the conference, it would be willing to pay the Big East football teams $10 milllion apiece and throw in an additional $4 million for the 16 basketball schools. One of the network’s ideas may be to run a full day of Big East football, along with Notre Dame home games, from noon to midnight Saturdays on either NBC or its still-growing cable channel.

That's from the Daily News. Mark Blaudschun shares similar thoughts.

At yesterday's meeting, potential candidates such as Boise State, Central Florida and Temple were...

At yesterday's meeting, potential candidates such as Boise State, Central Florida and Temple were discussed, but no consensus could be agreed upon which teams to invite first, or at all. The basketball factions were adamant about not adding anyone, while the football faction argued that if the Big East is going to survive as a BCS conference, whose champion gained automatic entry to a BCS bowl it is imperative for Boise State, with its high national ranking was a necessity for survival.

Time for a split. There's no way around it. Update: now Luicci says that VIllanova is blocking Temple. Looks like the non-football schools will get the conference they want - a conference that does not exist.

According to sources familiar with the process, but not authorized to talk about any negotiations,...

According to sources familiar with the process, but not authorized to talk about any negotiations, the Big East is focusing on two areas, with SMU, Central Florida ,Navy and Temple as the primary schools being looked at. Air Force is also being considered, but that seems more remote of a possibility

Why, it's almost as if the Big East conference leadership hates football and is intentionally trying to destroy it! SMU and UCF are on the top of the list, regardless of the fact that the Big East already has teams in Florida and Dallas. Houston is nowhere to be seen, and Temple remains a second-tier candidate. Up until the dying end, all the Big East cares about is unjustly enriching half of its members while clubbing the other half over the head with a bat. The conference is leaving its best remaining cards on the table, and still blathering on about returning to the federated system that got them into this mess in the first place, because the alternative would be actually letting Big East football flex its muscles and make decisions with the intention of actually maximizing conference revenue for a change.

"It's now a dog-eat-dog world in college athletics," he said, "and everyone is acting in their own...

"It's now a dog-eat-dog world in college athletics," he said, "and everyone is acting in their own self-interest. It's not about fit or academics or rivalries. It's about football and money, period." Tranghese said "you can't cast stones" at Pitt or Syracuse because every football school in the Big East "didn't feel secure." He said that through the final years of his tenure in the commissioner's chair, he grew tired of the "belly-aching" from football schools that longed for bigger TV dollars and bowl contracts. "They simply weren't winning enough games and kept pointing the finger at us to get them more money," he said. "The best way to solve their own problems was to win games, but the Big East hasn't been good enough in football. It was an incredible burden."

Like raiding the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA wasn't acting in the Big East's self-interest? Mike Tranghese seems determined to ensure that John Marinatto doesn't go down as the worst commissioner in Big East history. Tranghese already conceded on WFAN that he only cares about Providence College and hates football (reiterated here.) Here's an idea Mike. Maybe Big East football wouldn't have been fatally flawed if they had a commissioner who didn't despise it so much that he tried to give away half of the league to the ACC. Tranghese claimed he retired on WFAN because he couldn't keep the league together, but told the New York Times in 2009 that the Big East was "stable."

In early April when leaders of the Big East were discussing broad outlines of a seven-year...

In early April when leaders of the Big East were discussing broad outlines of a seven-year extension of the conference’s media deal with ESPN, there was sharp, internal disagreement. Most saw the number — an average of $130 million a year — as a healthy increase that would boost their coffers. A vocal minority, however, saw a TV marketplace ripe for a larger increase. Presidents from Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Seton Hall voted against the deal, sources said. Others, including Pittsburgh and West Virginia, also were vocal skeptics of the deal, preferring to wait and see what the open market would bring once ESPN’s deals ended, following the 2013-14 football season. Still, the presidents voted 12-4 to accept its broad outlines. Four weeks later, just a week after a record-breaking deal for the Pac-10’s media rights was announced, theBig East’s presidents met again. Not surprisingly, they needed only 15 minutes to reach a unanimous decision to reject ESPN’s offer.

How high can rights fees go? This story from Sports Business Daily is bananas, an absolute must-read in all facets on a day when NBC blow expectations for Olympics rights bidding out of the water. One can only hope things are as hot a few years from now. According to the article anyway, everyone is on Tim Pernetti's side now, with the ACC left smarting over a mediocre deal.

Only a few weeks ago the Big East nearly committed to a media rights deal with ESPN, multiple...

Only a few weeks ago the Big East nearly committed to a media rights deal with ESPN, multiple sources told CBSSportscom. On Monday, though, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said the league will now wait until closer to 2013 to finalize its media rights when its current contract expires.

Here's Brett McMurphy's story from Ponte Vedra today. In other words, Tim Pernetti and West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck win. John Marinatto and the Big East non-football schools lose, as their plan had been to surrender to ESPN without taking the league's television deal to the open market.

"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic...

"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. "I think everybody was thing (last May) as schools were moving and looking that may be the direction (a 16-team conference). Our commissioner and our league decided to study it for a year."

And you thought Big Ten expansion was dead! Alvarez reportedly brought up the possibility of further Big Ten expansion to the East yesterday on XM radio (1, 2), but I have not been able to find an archive or transcript of the conversation. Am I desperately clinging to second-hand message board posts? Yes, yes I am.
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