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ESPN, Mountain West reach TV deal for football, basketball

By Ferd Lewis & Dave Reardon

LAST UPDATED: 11:00 a.m. HST, Mar 20, 2013

ESPN Inc. announced today it has an "agreement in principle" to televise an assortment of Mountain West Conference football and basketball games from 2013-14 through the 2019-20 season.

The network said it will acquire "exclusive worldwide rights" to televise up to 16 Mountain West football games plus every Boise State home game and up to 31 conference-controlled men's basketball games annually.

Terms of the agreement were not announced but the conference is expected to receive about $18 million in combined revenue from its ESPN and CBS deals. 

The University of Hawaii stands to gain visibility, but the Warriors are a football-only member of the MWC and will not see any revenues from the deals immediately.

School officials have said that under terms of their membership agreement with the conference, the UH will not get revenues until the football shares of the other 11 members exceed $2.3 million each annually. The other members are expected to average about $1.5 million each annually, depending upon bonuses, from the combined deals with ESPN and CBS. 

UH also will not receive the $300,000 bonus for conference-controlled games that air on designated national networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and ESPN2) or the $200,000 bonus for Saturday games on those outlets, UH officials have said.

As part of the deal, the networks said ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC will televise a minimum of three Boise State football home games nationally. It said the Broncos' remaining home contests will either be made available on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3 or ABC. Up to 16 conference-controlled football games per season will be available on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ABC or ESPN3.

Last season ESPN televised four MW football games, including UH's game at Air Force, through a sublicense agreement. 

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USCdad wrote:
Each team can expect 1.5 million annually. Hawaii gets zero until each team's share exceeds 2.3 million. Hawaii pays travel subsidies to each team that travels to the islands. In return, Hawaii gets the privilege of playing in the MWC. Hmmm. Is that really the best we can do?
on March 20,2013 | 11:23AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Another egrarious example of "Pay to Play"???
on March 20,2013 | 11:37AM
Sunny wrote:
Sure looks like we gave up a lot to join the Mountain West!
on March 20,2013 | 11:39AM
mctruck wrote:
Looks like BSU is going to clean up$$$, just like Texas in the Big12. I thought the MWC was going to secure a much better deal financially from ESPN and other networks??..oh well??
on March 20,2013 | 12:23PM
WarriORduck wrote:
This is actually a very creative and ingenious TV payout model for a conference that does not hold many viewers in it's footprint. It rewards performance with exposure and darn good money not just for Boise but the other small TV market areas like Reno and Laramie. You get good, your on TV. Your on TV, you get more money. Trying applying the formula to past schedules of some MW teams, you'd be surprised to find more often that teams would have been exceeding the $2.3 mil UH gets.
on March 20,2013 | 08:58PM
warriorrebel wrote:
should have never joined the mwc what a rip-off!!!!
on March 20,2013 | 12:47PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
So exactly where does UH get any money from their football program? Just from Oceanic and PPV? And isn't that contract up? Hope they're not counting on gate receipts to make them money.....
on March 20,2013 | 12:48PM
tsugi wrote:
What kind of deal is that???? We got robbed!!
on March 20,2013 | 02:00PM
808comp wrote:
Can't beat UH Wahine sports.
on March 20,2013 | 02:07PM
NYUH wrote:
For this we destroyed the WAC?
on March 20,2013 | 05:10PM
Bumby wrote:
Rockne and Greenwood takes the credit for getting UH into the MWC. Now they should explain what they did to give UH the shortest end of a stinky deal.
on March 20,2013 | 05:51PM
Bumby wrote:
UH will get nada nada nada for playing football in the MWC. Stop the Oceanic deal no PPV. Then I would assume UH should receive something from the MWC.
on March 20,2013 | 06:02PM
Bumby wrote:
Only other thing UH can do is to build the football program into a top 15 program yearly. Will never happen. They had their chance in parlaying the program in 2007 and it went kapoot.
on March 20,2013 | 06:06PM
WarriORduck wrote:
Exceeding the amount of $2.3 mil might not be that big a problem considering the inventory of MW games that are contracted to be shown on the networks. Breakdown - 1. All conference members scheduled to play BSU are most likely to find themselves on national television. 3 home games are even promised to "big" ESPN, while CBS will want to show off BSU on the road on "big" CBS with the SEC games. 2. The era of playing the FCS teams for a tune-up game will soon be gone, leaving the openings for so-called mid-major programs to fill those opportunistic spots against "BCS" teams on the road. We call them body bag games. Eg. In 2013 Colorado St. will play @ Alabama, and @ BSU and possibly make up to $1 mil depending on the day they play. 2 week day = $600k; 1 week day/1 weekend = $800k, 2 weekend = $1 mil Doable. In the mean time...y'all better pressure the right people and get dem TV and conference issues straightened out. Mahalo from the NWS Go Bows!!
on March 20,2013 | 08:31PM
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