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Mountain West, Conference USA could share TV rights, bowl berth

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 11:15 a.m. HST, Sep 26, 2011

Athletic directors of current and soon-to-be Mountain West Conference members were briefed today on a proposed strategic alliance between the conference and Conference USA for TV rights, scheduling and, perhaps, a Bowl Championship Series berth.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky told the Star-Advertiser, "I think it is premature to think in terms of next year (2012) for sure, but  the following year (2013) is something that is possible, I think."

Banowsky said it would be football-only alliance designed to increase TV rights fees, enhance scheduling and lead to an automatic BCS berth for the winner of a playoff between the champions of the two conferences.

The briefing took place in Dallas where the National Division IA Athletic Directors Association is holding its annual meeting. Banowsky said the reaction of attendees was "very positive."

University of Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan is attending the sessions. UH, currently in the Western Athletic Conference, will join the MWC Aug. 1, 2012.






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LizKauai wrote:
Think of the student-athletes and the fans everywhere first. Then think of those who don't subscribe to the cable broadcasting company...
on September 26,2011 | 10:45AM
Bdpapa wrote:
As much as I agree with you, I think this is all about money and prestige!
on September 26,2011 | 12:17PM
Bdpapa wrote:
As much as I agree with you, I think this is all about money and prestige!
on September 26,2011 | 12:17PM
Bdpapa wrote:
As much as I agree with you, I think this is all about money and prestige!
on September 26,2011 | 12:18PM
st1d wrote:
the mountain west logo looks like a knockoff of the doctor who logo.
on September 26,2011 | 01:19PM
Jawbr8ker wrote:
How sad is it that the major newspaper of our state only has a low res version of the MWC logo? I'm going to answer my own question and say it's pretty sad - borderline amateurish.
on September 26,2011 | 04:12PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Looks like they went to some MW fan site and copy/pasted the logo here.
on September 26,2011 | 04:59PM
WarriorNY wrote:
Would we lose a bye week because of this? Who would all the other teams be playing during this MWC CUSA title game week?
on September 26,2011 | 05:14PM
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