Big East TV deal might be small

Published May 31, 2012

The "most conservative estimate" for a new Big East TV deal is $6.4 million per school annually, San Diego State president Elliot Hirschman said Wednesday.

The Aztecs get only $1.2 million this year, its last in the Mountain West before becoming a football-only member of the Big East. But last year, the Big East turned down ESPN's offer of $1.17 billion over nine years — or $13.8 million per school annually.

Since then, West Virginia and TCU left for the Big 12 and Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they will leave for the ACC. In 2013, the league also adds Boise State from the Mountain West as a football-only member and Central Florida, Houston, Memphis and SMU from Conference USA as all-sports members. (Navy, an independent, joins for football in 2015).

C-USA's current deal nets each school about $1.3 million.

Last week, reported the league could earn as little as $4 million for each of the 10 full members, including USF, $3 million for each football-only member and $1 million for each non-football member.

Under the current deal with ESPN, the Big East's eight full members get about $3.125 million annually while the eight non-football schools get about $1.5 million.

ESPN's exclusive negotiation rights begin Sept. 1 and last for 60 days. If no deal is reached, reported the conference likely would talk to NBC/Comcast and Fox.

Spurrier pay proposal: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said every SEC football coach agrees with his proposal to pay college athletes.

Last year he proposed paying football players $300 a game. On Wednesday he proposed giving football players and other athletes in revenue-producing sports, such as men's basketball, "approximately $3,500 to $4,000." The NCAA is currently considering a $2,000 stipend.

Spurrier acknowledged the problems of his idea and that they won't be solved quickly.

First, there would be implications for Title IX, which guarantees women equal opportunities in athletics. Second, not every school would be able to pay student-athletes as much. Finally, football and basketball can't be the only sports to pay. It would have to be a national plan that covers all sports.

Basketball: Hoosiers, 'Cats still can't agree

INDIANAPOLIS — Negotiations to extend the Indiana-Kentucky series stalled for the second time in a month.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced May 3 that the series, played every year since 1969, would end because the schools could not agree on playing at neutral sites or campuses.

According to the Associated Press, the schools restarted talks May 10. But Kentucky rejected Indiana's offer for two games at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium and one at each campus.

"I'm disappointed Kentucky rejected what I thought was a compromise that would address everyone's concerns," Glass said.

Among Kentucky's concerns, AD Mitch Barnhart said, were its scheduled game this season against Portland on the second Saturday in December, when Indiana and Kentucky traditionally meet. Moving that game would cost Kentucky $100,000.

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