Dec 12, 2012
Big East’s Basketball-First Schools Considering Options

N.Y. Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/talk-grows-big-east-basketball-football-split-article-1.1218201

The Sunday meeting between the presidents and athletic directors from the seven ‘basketball-first’ Big East schools with commissioner Mike Aresco, held at St. John’s, indicates a serious concern about the direction of the conference. But no move by the group – St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, DePaul and Villanova – is imminent or expected to come quickly. That includes breaking away from the conference, a college basketball official said.

The seven schools voiced concerns over the changing membership in basketball. The Big East has lost or is losing West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Louisville and is bringing in SMU, Houston, Temple, Tulane, Memphis and Central Florida. They are “gathering information, the official said, about whether it would be more advantageous to start their own conference or remain tied to the FBS football-playing members.

The group that met has a strong position right now because, until July 1 when Temple is admitted as a full member, they have seven of 10 votes (the others belong to Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati). And because of a caveat in the conference agreement, if all seven leave at once they do not have to pay an exit fee that could amount to $10 million each.

The Big East likely will need to strike a television deal for football before the basketball-first schools can really know the landscape. The seven get approximately $1.4 million annually from the current deal the conference has with ESPN. A report on CBSSports.com estimated that the current figures being discussed for a new deal could yield them fewer dollars.

, Big East’s Basketball-First Schools Considering Options

N.Y. Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/talk-grows-big-east-basketball-football-split-article-1.1218201

The Sunday meeting between the presidents and athletic directors from the seven ‘basketball-first’ Big East schools with commissioner Mike Aresco, held at St. John’s, indicates a serious concern about the direction of the conference. But no move by the group – St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, DePaul and Villanova – is imminent or expected to come quickly. That includes breaking away from the conference, a college basketball official said.

The seven schools voiced concerns over the changing membership in basketball. The Big East has lost or is losing West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Louisville and is bringing in SMU, Houston, Temple, Tulane, Memphis and Central Florida. They are gathering information, ” the official said, about whether it would be more advantageous to start their own conference or remain tied to the FBS football-playing members.

The group that met has a strong position right now because, until July 1 when Temple is admitted as a full member, they have seven of 10 votes (the others belong to Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati). And because of a caveat in the conference agreement, if all seven leave at once they do not have to pay an exit fee that could amount to $10 million each.

The Big East likely will need to strike a television deal for football before the basketball-first schools can really know the landscape. The seven get approximately $1.4 million annually from the current deal the conference has with ESPN. A report on CBSSports.com estimated that the current figures being discussed for a new deal could yield them fewer dollars.






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