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Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 7:11 pm
 
Once divided on whether to invite Boise State, the Big East is now united on extending an invitation to the Broncos, along with Air Force, Navy and UCF, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.

Boise State, Air Force and UCF have indicated they are receptive to joining the Big East. Navy is prepared to also commit once a higher exit fee has been established, sources said. The official invitations to UCF, Boise State, Air Force and Navy could be extended as early as next week. 

Big East representatives, including Commissioner John Marinatto, met with UCF officials Friday in Cincinnati. On Thursday, Boise State and a Big East representative spoke via telephone about the Broncos joining the Big East.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson and C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky confirmed Friday that Boise State, Air Force and UCF have had contact with the Big East.

On Sunday or Monday the Big East's presidents and chancellors are expected to vote and approve an increased exit fee of at least $10 million for football members. That’s double the current amount ($5 million), but less than what Marinatto proposed in an Oct. 2 meeting. In that meeting there were discussions to increase the exit fee to “150 percent of the gross revenues received by a departing team in its final year in the league,” according to league documents obtained by CBSSports.com. 

That figure would have been between $12 million and $15 million.

The addition of Boise State would be significant in helping the Big East retain its status as an automatic qualifying BCS league when the new BCS cycle begins in 2014.

The Broncos, ranked No. 5 in this week's AP poll, are among college football's winningest programs, with a 71-5 record since 2006.

"I believe Boise and Air Force are gone [to the Big East]," a source familiar with the Mountain West told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd.

With the expected addition of Boise State, Air Force, Navy and UCF and the defections of TCU, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, that would leave the football membership at 10 schools, two shy of the 12 members the league said on Monday it was seeking.

Houston, SMU and Temple are being considered for the final two spots. However, one source said Houston and SMU are expected to get the final two spots because of Villanova’s concerns about adding Temple into the league.

Boise State, Air Force and Navy would join as football-only members. UCF, Houston and SMU would join as full members. Thompson, of the Mountain West, said that Boise State and Air Force would not be allowed to keep its non-football schools in the Mountain West if they left for the Big East.

The Mountain West source also told CBSSports.com that the addition of Boise State, Air Force, Navy and UCF are, in terms of market, TV and football value, would be at least even with Syracuse, Pittsburgh and TCU.

A BCS source said the Big East has been given no sign from BCS officials that adding those teams would help it keep its automatic bid.
Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:47 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

The Mountain West is going to suck so bad if this deal goes through. They will be worse than the WAC, Sun Belt, and Mid-American. Is it even possible to have a conference with only five members?




Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:01 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Yes, you should write a letter to your legislator to rename the conferences.  GO!



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 2:14 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

if this goes through can we please have a congress remane these conferences. The BIG TEN with 12 schools. The BIG 12 with 10-1 or 2 the Big East with Boise St, Houston and SMU the PAC10 with 12 teams rename them please! The ACC sort of  fits



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:39 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

In my poor attempt at sarcasm, I was referring to this:



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:39 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Big East is now nationwide, with solid teams a TV markets.  Anyone who thinks pitt owns the Pittsburgh Tv market is sadly mistaken.  Anyway...now add Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Idaho, the Armed Forces Network, Cincinnati, Louisville, Connecticutt, NYC, yes, NYC, WV...and youhave it all.  See ya SEC.We are king of the hill now.
I swear you must be mentally retarded. 


I'm sure Florida, Florida State and Miami own 99% of the Orlando and Tampa market. Considering nobody really has a reason to care about South Florida other than some of the fans (which aren't even close to the total number of Miami, FSU or Florida fans). Why would you want to put a medicore Big East team on TV throughout the state when you can watch FSU, Florida or Miami?


Now, before I say this.. I support our troops 100%, and this is not a knock on them, this is strictly about sports. But who cares about owning the Armed Forces Network?  There would be one good, or at least half way decent game on each year which would be the Army/Navy game. That's it. Other than the Army/Navy game, nobody really cares about what sports are being played on that network. I'd rather make a lot more money owning big market shares with 12 football programs than own the Armed Forces Network that only has one game worth watching every year. 


The Cincinnati market?  I'm sure the majority of the fans that live in Cincinnati would rather watch Ohio State play every year, rather than watch a medicore Big East program on TV. 


New York City?   Nobody cares about Rugters football. Sure, I'll give you this one, but in all honesty, Rugters probably isn't pulling in the kind of cash a bigger and better football school would if they were located around NYC. 


West Virginia?  There's so many rumors going around about how WVU will leave the conference. So it's not even a sure bet if the Big East will keep a good market in WV. 


The SEC dominates the whole southeastern part of the country and has a large contract with CBS.  SEC schools are on TV all the time and I'm sure America would love to watch a grind battle between two great top 10 schools than two schools playing each other that are ranked 90+ in the FB rankings. 


 



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Perhaps the CUSA/MWC merger could also allow Air Force and Boise to remain members of the league for non-revenue sports. At this time they would have to leave per NCAA rules disallowing FBS teams to compete in a different FBS league than their other sports. But Boise and Air Force are good fits for the Mt. West and I think that Air Force especially may have the cache to remain in the league if the football conference became a legally separate entity.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

That is why when a company get too large to manage they form smaller branches of the firm and call them a subsidiary of the major company.
Companies also merge, however, and that is simply what is going on between the Mt. West and C-USA. The stock of both leagues is about to fall because Boise, Air Force, UCF, Houston, and SMU are probably going to the Big East. Merging now will ensure that C-USA and the Mt. West will be able to survive through all of this. Plus the two leagues will essentially work as subsidaries. They will still be separate for their other sports and will still play their own league schedules. I do not think they are going to try to make the Mt. West and C-USA teams schedule each other for conference games (maybe one per year between the leagues). So the leagues will still have separate commissioners and separate parts. The conference will be more like an umbrella conference that allows the leagues to garner a new comprehensive television deal, probably spread the reach of a renamed Mtn,  and most importantly have a shot to bolster the BCS rankings of their schools with an end of the year battle between the leagues. When the smoke clears in the next couple of months, this will be a 17-team league and will be highly manageable considering the nature of the merger. I am curious though as to whether the leagues are exploring partnerships in some non-revenue sports? I know the Mt. West is lacking in baseball programs and there are likely other sports that could use the help of a bigger conference, especially with the anticipated departures.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Big East is now nationwide, with solid teams a TV markets.  Anyone who thinks pitt owns the Pittsburgh Tv market is sadly mistaken.  Anyway...now add Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Idaho, the Armed Forces Network, Cincinnati, Louisville, Connecticutt, NYC, yes, NYC, WV...and youhave it all.  See ya SEC.We are king of the hill now.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

You guys can criticize the big east all you want but the truth is they didn't really have any other choice. If they want to survive, they need to add teams. I blame Nebraska and Colorado for starting this whole thing that turned college football into a mess. Okay not really, I blame money because sadly that's what it all come down too.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

No offense to the schools that were offered, but this reminds me of a guy that needed a last minute replacement date to the prom, so he asked the five ugliest girls in school. 


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