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Published: Tuesday, May 3 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

The great news just keeps coming! To all the Y fans that want more than going to see the bottom half of the Wac on the way to the Bell Helicopter Bowl; welcome aboard, get on the train before it leaves the station.
By the time they add in the money from the pac12 network and other conference revenue streams this will be in the $30 million range.

American Fork, UT

The answer to the poll question is obvious: It's better to be in the PAC-12 than live as an independent. I'm a BYU fan, but I'd be crazy to think we're better off than Utah in this new alignment. And it's not just about the money.

I suspect all the BYU fans will say the same thing after BYU's home schedule wraps up this season. Who would you rather see play in our backyard: UCLA or U of Idaho? USC or San Jose State? Cal or New Mexico State? Arizona or Idaho State?

Hey, BYU gets BOTH Idaho AND Idaho State at home this year!

I will be cheering for BYU all the way, but Utah hit the jackpot. Glad to see something positive like this for the state.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I love money.

I Still Can't Say It
Holladay, UT

Welcome to the big time Utes! The U. earned every penny of this revenue and deserve all the success.

The future is the Utes!

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

Everest, thanks for the classy comment.

Thats crazy, more money in one year than they would get in 17 year in the Mt. West/Worst. If Boise State is smart theyll get out of Mt. West as quickly as possible.

Orem, Utah

So if Utah doesn't get ANY of the ESPN money this coming year, how are they going to keep their sports departments afloat until that 50% piece of the pie comes in the following year?

Just wondering.

Glad the Utes will be able to upgrade their facilities over time as the good money comes in and donors begin to see that there's value in helping out. That, of course, might depend on how competitive Utah can be in the Pac-12 in football. The other sports probably won't apply as much to donors' perceptions.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"if Utah doesn't get ANY of the ESPN money this coming year, how are they going to keep their sports departments afloat until that 50% piece of the pie comes in the following year?"

Really that is not a huge problem, while Utah get nothing from the existing Pac-10 TV deal (that runs through the 2011-2012 school year) the Utes do get a 1/12th share of the "new money" the Pac-12 got from a Pac-12 Championship game and the extra Basketball games that come from Utah and Colorado joining the conference.

It turns out Fox paid $25M for those properties so the UofU gets a bit over $2M next year... That neatly replaces the the UofU would get from the MWC ($1.3M and another $500K or so from Bowl money and NCAA Basketball Tournament payouts).

While Utah's Athletic budget will be the smallest in the Pac-12 it won't be any smaller in 2011-2012 than 2010-2011.

International Cougar Fan
Tacoma, WA

Money, money, money...

I love to see the Yankees and Lakers lose to teams with less money. Utah will still lose year after year to BYU even though BYU has less money.

Salt Lake City, UT

Most importantly, this is going to help the U grow exponentially in academics. Look what they've been able to do with a small budget, think of what they can do with a much greater budget. I know you sports fans think its about bragging rights, but when it comes down to it, this is going to be an amazing blessing to the state of Utah. Look for the U to grow in every aspect. As a student, I will gladly reap these benefits.

Parker, CO

17.5 times the revenue from the MWC. Boooyaaawwww!

Harwich, MA

I'm guessing Idaho and Idaho St. are even more offended at playing in Provo you might expect.
I can hear the wheels churning at BYU headquarters right now. I'm guessing all they'll get is butter.

Springville, UT

Money is why, exactly, the Utes took this step. Not for athletic success or honoring traditions.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Nice future payday for the Utes, but it remains to be seen how long it will take to see a significant improvement in athletic success. It's going to take several years to upgrade Utah's athletic facilities just to be on par with what many of their PAC 12 opponents already have. Even then, the Utes will spend most of their time going head-to-head with opponents who are getting just as much money as the Utes.

Kearns, UT

Look what program like Utah, TCU and Boise State have done with less than $2M/year from TV contracts. BCS games and BCS wins.

Can't wait to see what the Utah football program can do with even more resources. Does it guarantee anything, absolutly not, but when you give a terrific manager more to work with, you usually don't see anything but more success.

Eagle Mountain, UT

This is great for Utah and I am happy for them. Hopefully this will lead to success, then some national attention and respect. They don't have much of that yet. Winning on the stage they are on now is the only way to get those and I hope they get them.
Those of you who are trying to rub this in BYU's faces, and BYU fans who are nervous, think about a few things. One team being way ahead in the money race can eventually lead to lop sided rivalries. There will be no such gap between BYU and Utah. BYU has always had more than enough money to keep their athletics in the black. They always will. Their facilities are currently much better than the U's. The U can now catch up to BYU facility wise. This should help Utah recruiting and COULD be an advantage over BYU. BYU has recently committed more money to their athletic department and has taken steps to give BYU teams a much bigger national presence. Rose and Mendenhall both have everything they need to raise their own bars and be successful. BYU recruiting will improve also leading to continued parity.

Enterprise, UT

Money can't buy happiness and money can't buy success.

Layton, UT

In addition to the huge financial windfall, I am glad to see the deal is with Fox and ESPN being a Directv subscriber. Absolutely the best national and cable infastructure of any sports networks. Goes to show that there are no "exclusive" deals with ESPN when virtually every CFB team has an agreement with them.

Bountiful, UT

This is another double-blow for BYU. Not only did their rival hit the jackpot, but they'll be competing against BYU for ESPN's attention, as part of a conference that will likely nudge BYU off the main stage more than not. BYU thought they were getting most of the attention from ESPN among western schools, but they just got upstaged.

With the PAC now about to occupy stage space on ESPN, BYU fans need to make sure they have X-Boxes or can otherwise get ESPN3. If BYU gets killed by the stronger opponents on their schedule, there will be pressure to bump their ESPN games down the ladder.

Of course, if BYU is playing the Idaho schools or WAC schools, they're more likely to appear on KSL than on one of the ESPN channels. (Remember ESPN only has to broadcast four of the BYU games, though they have rights to all home games.)

Chris Bryant


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Ogden, UT

Hey I am a Weber State fan but cheer for both Utah and BYU.

I defiantly see the advantages that Utah has over BYU now. They will have a lot better shot at getting the recruits they want. Utah is good enough that if they maintain their current level they will have a great deal for the football team. We should be able to see 4 - 5 of their games this year (without having to pay to watch it on the internet). BYU will not get the money, but we will be able to see all of their games (I am not going to buy a ticket to any games).

But Utah is going to get hosed in basketball. You have sold the rights and got paid, but you will only see 1 - 2 games this year. Once again we will see all of BYU's basketball games.

Utah wins with cash and all the advantages that brings, but BYU wins with getting the games out to its fans. As far as I have heard, that is what both sides were looking for.

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