Things a Jersey guy took note of this week: This will be a defining moment week for the Big East as its long talked about and complicated new television deal for football and basketball is settled.
Right now, the Big East has a hard offer from NBC that will pay between 20 and 23 million a year. ESPN has the right to make a counter offer, but it is more complicated than simply a money issue. Promotion and time slots and all sorts of other items are on the agenda.
Unless, ESPN comes up with a major boost in the money figures, the feeling is that the Big East and NBC will make their deal and the Big East will also close a deal which could include, CBS, TBS and Fox as well, which will bring in additional revenue.
And don’t be stunned if the Big East and ESPN still have an arrangement for broadcasts of some of their games in football and basketball, primarily non-conference in nature.
Once that is done, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco will then continue with the process of the break up with the Catholic 7 group of basketball schools who are set to go their own way, starting in the fall of 2014 (unofficially right now).
Aresco can pick up his day job: Commissioner of a conference with the day-to-day business of scheduling and competition.
While there has been wide-spread speculation that the Big East will eventually go to 12 teams in football–Navy is the currently 11th member, scheduled to begin play in the Big East in football in 2015–Aresco might stay at 11 for a few years to let things quiet down.
Here’s why: The Big East can get a football championship game with 11 teams if the rules are changed, lowering the maximum of teams required for such games from 12 to 10. The Big 12 is talking about sponsoring legislation to change that rule. The Big East will support, or even join, in that proposal.
Aresco’s take on the matter is that the Big Ten thrived for years with 11 teams and that the Big East could have one 11 team league and still hold a championship game between its Top 2 teams.
From a financial standpoint, dividing 20 million a year by 10 or 11 is more profitable than dividing by 12.
So, looking into the very near future here’s our very best guess of the sequence of events for the Big East.
1. Sign main television deal with NBC, with secondary deals with CBS and perhaps TBS or Fox–and ESPN.
2. Announce that the break up for the Catholic 7, as well as Rutgers, Louisville and Notre Dame will officially begin on July 1, 2014.
4. Announce that the Big East will retain its name, leaving the Catholic 7 group to come up with a new name.
5. Announce that East Carolina will be included as a full member, joining Tulane in 2014 as a full member.
6. Announce that future expansion is on hold (with Tulsa and Massachusetts as logical contenders) until 2015
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