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Report: Big East, Catholic 7 talking 2014 split

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09:40 AM ET 02.10 | NBC Sports Network verbally offered the Big East between $20 million and $23 million per year for six years to acquire the league's media rights, sources told ESPN. Meanwhile, the Big East's Catholic 7 schools are closing on a deal with Fox Sports, according to sources. NBC Sports Network is expected to submit an official offer to the Big East by next week. Once 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. The Catholic 7 schools and the Big East are negotiating so that the seven schools can leave a year early in 2014, a source said Friday. "That's where both parties' mindset is at," a source said Saturday. The biggest obstacle will be the "Big East" conference name. Both the current Big East members and the Catholic 7 want to keep it.

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Big East, Big East,
February 10, 2013  09:53 AM ET

About $2 million per school per year. UConn and Cincinnati will look to join one of the big five. The conference formerly know as the Big East will desolve. The "Catholic 7" will get the name and more money.

February 10, 2013  10:00 AM ET

WARNING: Don't sign with Fox or NBC until you read the fine print. They make more $$ on sitcoms and reality shows and they won't give sports the exposure that ESPN does.

February 10, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Whats Creighton going to do?

February 10, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

... The conference formerly know as the Big East will dissolve...

Yep.

They turned down ESPN's 9-year deal worth $1.17 billion in 2011 which would have earned full members $13.8 million a year and non-football members $2.4 million a year.

The current deal is worth $3.1 million annually for each full member and $1.5 million for non-football members.

Full members in other conferences get ~$15-22 mil per year.

The Big East as a football conference is dead man walking.

February 10, 2013  10:51 AM ET

NBC does realize that Notre Dame will no loner play hoops in the Big East, right?

February 10, 2013  01:06 PM ET

g

February 10, 2013  04:17 PM ET

The Big East's "Catholic 7" have had their share of success on the basketball court over the years, but there is one area where these schools have fallen short of excellence - in fostering their Catholic identity.

Indeed, all seven schools are UNRANKED in the latest edition of the "Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College."

The rankings can be viewed at the link (just scroll down until you get to the rankings):

http://allhands-ondeck.blogspot.com/2012/11/cadinal-newman-society-publish es-2012.html

The rankings make for interesting reading.

February 10, 2013  10:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Whats Creighton going to do?

Creighton's going to do the same thing that Xavier, Butler, Dayton, and St. Louis are going to do. They're all going to sit tight until this mess sorts itself out. The better question is "What is Notre Dame going to do?" They would have fit in perfectly with the "All Catholic, no football" conference mandate. Instead, they've signed on to be the red-headed step-child of the ACC. They have to be kicking themselves for signing that deal.

February 11, 2013  01:18 AM ET

The Catholic schools deserve the "Big East" name.

 
February 11, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yep.They turned down ESPN's 9-year deal worth $1.17 billion in 2011 which would have earned full members $13.8 million a year and non-football members $2.4 million a year.The current deal is worth $3.1 million annually for each full member and $1.5 million for non-football members.Full members in other conferences get ~$15-22 mil per year.The Big East as a football conference is dead man walking.

What a collosal blunder.

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