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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 4, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    @ Hankie and Howie S... get your Big Boy pants

    "The big boys are on ESPN on Thurs & Sat i.e. the days that matter."

    This just in...

    Looks like ESPN has finished off its (2011) Friday night schedule and two more AQ conferences have accepted the option of Friday night games.

    9/2 - TCU at Baylor
    9/9 - FIU at Louisville, followed by Missouri at Arizona St.
    9/16 - Iowa St. at Connecticut
    9/23 - UCF at BYU
    9/30 - Utah St. at BYU
    10/7 - Boise St. at Fresno St.
    10/14 - Hawai'i at San Jose St.
    10/21 - West Virginia at Syracuse & Rutgers at Louisville (concurrent games)
    10/28 - BYU vs. TCU at Arlington, TX
    11/4 - USC at Colorado
    11/11 - USF at Syracuse
    11/18 - Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.
    11/25 - Big East game (Pittsburgh at West Virginia OR Louisville at USF)
    12/2 - MAC Championship

    Glad you're following 'big brother's lead'. he he he

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 4, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    @Hankie

    I'll be sure to tell TCU (remember that 7-47 game in November 2010?) that they are a mid-major, also rans, never will bes & others.

    LOL

    I can't wait for the season to begin.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    Who cares? I'll continue to cheer for my team no matter what this other team makes and does. With the U.S.economy going in the tank and people out of work, what's a few more billion dollars to throw around here and there?

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Hank Pym | 7:16 p.m. May 3, 2011
    SLC, UT
    re: sammyg | 12:59 p.m. May 3, 2011

    "So how does playing Friday nights sound now Ute fans???"

    I have never seen a team from a Major conference (like the PAC (10 or 12)) play on Fri they save that for Mid majors, also rans, never will bes, & others.

    The big boys are on ESPN on Thurs & Sat i.e. the days that matter.
    ===

    Probably would not have hurt you to have read the deal that Larry Scott was cutting.

    Just look on the bright side when you find out you are playing with the "Mid majors, also rans, never will bes (sic)".... All the cash.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Tom Holmoe is not stupid. They needed to jump on the deal ESPN offered, and he anticipated the Conference of Champions was likely to haul in quite a bit more, so he requested the terms of the BYU deal be confidential. It's already been the toughest year of his life.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Duchman,

    Haha, I like it! Where is Donald Trump when you need him!?

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    El Chango Supremo,

    "like they always do when they have a choice, have kept the finances private"

    Where is Donald Trump? Like Donald Trump would demand, "Release the terms of the ESPN deal. BYU you know what they are, you have them, release them".

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    May 3, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    re: sammyg | 12:59 p.m. May 3, 2011

    "So how does playing Friday nights sound now Ute fans???"

    I have never seen a team from a Major conference (like the PAC (10 or 12)) play on Fri they save that for Mid majors, also rans, never will bes, & others.

    The big boys are on ESPN on Thurs & Sat i.e. the days that matter.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    Dutchman,

    When BYU was a member of the MWC, Utah, New Mexico, San Diego State, etc. had the same deal and as public universities, their finances were made public. Because every institution had the same deal, it was then known what BYU's deal was as well.

    BYU is on their own on this one and, like they always do when they have a choice, have kept the finances private. They can do that as they are a private university.

    No one is arguing that Utah got a fantastic deal here. But to argue that BYU's deal must have been lame and that's why they haven't released the details is silly. Or to brag about how much better the deal is is silly, because no one on these message boards know what BYU's deal is.

    We only know what the Salt Lake Trib and a few other news outlets speculated, which was only a guess.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    May 3, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    Congrats to the Utes and Chris Hill!! This is great news and I can't wait to watch us compete in the Conference of Champions and at the highest level!!

    Great day once again to be a Ute!! Gotta love all the jealousy and negative comments on this article from our little brothers.

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    May 3, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    @TJ

    "Utah, Colorado, Arizona state, Washington state are the biggest winners because they bring the lowest earning capabilities to the table."

    I'm curious about how you determined what PAC-12 schools have earning potential and what schools don't. For example, how is ASU part of your group that brings low earning capabilities to the PAC-12 and how is OSU, U of Arizona, etc. not in your list?

    Let's go with some facts. ASU is THE largest public school in the country (not something to be proud of, necessarily, but that's for another discussion). In other words, ASU has a LARGE alumni base. Not to mention that it is located in the 6th largest city in the country. In addition to a football program that owned BYU in the old WAC, ASU has a perennial baseball power, a top flight wresting program, and contributes in many of the "Olympic" sports. Basketball is not its strong point.

    Again, how did you determine who the top earners of the conference are? Do you have a link? Your explanation should be interesting.....

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    May 3, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    Congratulations little brothers!

  • Hondo Springville, UT
    May 3, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    All I know is that all this $ from this big contract ain't gonna matter in September. We'll know who the better team is and we're all going to the BYU creamery after to celebrate!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 3, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Chango;
    Give up! The mature adults get what your saying but the classless crews numbers are probably somewhat valid. BYU got the exposure. It is up to them to make the most of it.
    Regarding Utah's $$. It is a lot of money and I am happy for them but understand that the networks did not sign the contract so the Utes could get 20+ mil. The contract was for the entire PAC sports package. 75% of the revenue will be generated by and because of the two major California teams and their revenue capabilities in the Ca market. Utah and Co. were invited to the show and the very generous PAC chose to equally split the $$ after only a few years. Utah, Colorado, Arizona state, Washington state are the biggest winners because they bring the lowest earning capabilities to the table. Sweet, sweet deal for Utah.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    El Chango Supremo,

    When BYU was a member of the MWC everyone knew exactly how much TV revenue BYU was getting and BYU had no problem revealing that. To say now that they keep all finances private is just to say they are hiding behind the issue. Again, if there is nothing to hide or be embarassed about you can bet the terms of their deal with ESPN would be revealed.

    So, nice try!

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Dutchman,

    The only thing we can conclude about BYU & ESPN not releasing the terms of the deal is that they didn't release it.

    BYU keeps all their finances private. When Dave Rose signed a new contract, the only thing we know is it was for five years but the financial terms were not released.

    So, nice try!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    "ESPN didn't release terms of the deal, nor did BYU."

    That should tell you a lot. If the terms were so great they would be shouted from the roof tops. If there is nothing to hide then open up the books.

    "all the Ute fanbase really knows how to do is compare what they have to BYU."

    Since Sept 1st 2010 when BYU announced independence, the ESPN deal and the six games with Notre Dame (4 in South Bend, 2 in Provo) all we have heard from BYU fans is how BYU outsmarted Utah, got a better deal, got a better TV contract, got more exposure, got a better schedule on and on to ad nauseum. Come on, it is BYU fans that have been doing the comparing and trying to paint a bleak picture for Utah and the PAC 12. Now the true picture is being painted and a little gloating on the side of the Utes is in order.

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    May 3, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    There is nothing worse than fb games on the mountain. Ute fans now have 20 million more reasons to be glad they left the MWC and the Mtn.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Chewbacca, Muss Man, Jim Marshall

    ESPN didn't release terms of the deal, nor did BYU. A couple papers guessed, but didn't cite their sources.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 3, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    The sad thing that get's lost in the competition to be something, is the University of Utah just fell into a nice chunk of change, that will upgrade all sports facilities, and improve the experiences for so many student athletes, and all the Ute fanbase really knows how to do is compare what they have to BYU.

    Reality, is both schools improved their situation vs. the MWC.

    As someone who watches and attends both schools athletic events on a regular basis, (sorry, I lie, I did not attend a U basketball game this year) I am very pumped up for the future of college sports in the state.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Again, congrats to Utah...

    But again, terms of the BYU deal were not released. So... what's with all the gloating??

    Why would ESPN pay ten times more for a PAC-12 game? Are you telling me that Oregon State, Washington State, ASU, etc. are that large of a draw? I understand that USC & Oregon will bring the numbers up, but THAT much more?

    I'm having a hard time believing that BYU's deal is what people on these boards keep saying it is. Terms of the deal have not been released anywhere! A few papers have guessed, but that's it.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    Here are the numbers and these are TV only. Ticket sales, concessions, parking revenue, alumni donations etc, etc are not included:

    With this deal, the Utes are expected to gross:
    2011: $4.6 million in Bowl and Conference Championship revenues.
    2012: $10.5M in television revenue + $2.6M Bowl = $13.1 million.
    2013: $15.75M television + $2.6M Bowl = $18.35 million.
    2014 and beyond: A full share of Pac-12 TV revenues [$21.00M] + $2.6M Bowl = $23.6 million a year.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    May 3, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    Games possibly on ESPN, Fox, Fx, and a Pac 12 network? Yeah, I'll take that. I have the first three already. Oh, and the cash is ok as well.

    Getting the distribution of the Pac 12 network right from the start will be huge. Good time to be a Ute fan.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    So how does playing Friday nights sound now Ute fans????

    Welcome to ESPN!

    Big brother sends its love and welcomes you to ESPN. Glad you found a channel. Glad you followed us to big time media exposure. Maybe our Big HDTV studio will be used for your games too?

    Now let's hope you don't mess up with the likes of last year on national tv.

    All joking aside... it's great that the state of Utah and its sports fans will have the option of watching both of its great programs on a decent TV channel.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Willary, you're so filled with animosity and self absorption that you couldn't even see the total compliment in BigCougFan's post. All he said was this is big news and congratulated you. The least you could do is to say Thank you!

    Your comment is the nonsensical rant I referred to above. AAARRRGGGHHH!

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 3, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Too bad so many nitwits that post here and on BYU's articles (nitwits from both schools) have so much obvious hatred for each other. I mostly skip any comments from the well-known trolls from both sites. No value in reading their classlessness.

    Congrats to the Pac-12 for their new contract. It should help that conference to regain relevance again. The East-coast conferences have been getting too much love for too long. However, time zone issues will always plague colleges in America's western third of the map when it comes to eyes on games.

    Sounds like this new contract is for ALL sports, not just football, which is good. The non-football sports should benefit greatly.

    Utes, remember that you don't get your full share of the pie until the third year. So, BYU should out-pocket the U for one or two years, depending on whether BYU makes any BCS bowl games in any of the next three years.

    The Utes have an opportunity to make the state of Utah more relevant in college sports. Don't drop the ball! BYU will be doing its share!

  • Uncle Gadianton Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 3, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Desperacy may be this year's refudiate.

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    May 3, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Congratulations to the U of U and the rest of the PAC12! Some comments alluded to the problem with BYU being tied to an 8 year contract. There would be "out clauses" for the eventuality of BYU joining an existing conference in 3-4 years. I think BYU made the best decision they could with the options they had and financially, they will certainly be better off in the next 3-4 years than they were in the past 3-4.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    From a BYU fan but not a troll. Congratulations to Utah and the PAC 12. I read every day the nonsensical rants from the Blue & the Red.

    I have the feeling that BYU athletics would love to have been invited to the PAC but they were not. Something the LDS church & BYU seems to get use to and the dogs bark but the caravan moves on. I admit I was disappointed and if I had to guess, Dr Hill was disappointed too. Utah & BYU are good for each other, they have been loyal partners but UTAH got the call and BYU didn't, no shame there.

    To Hedge, It was in no way a knee jerk reaction but carefully thought out. Yes they did make the independence move because Utah had a better offer and Mr Holmoe did congratulate Dr. Hill. No animosity at all.

    If money drove BYU, they would have made many changes, including Honor Code changes, but that's not what BYU is about and they make no apologies for who or for what they stand. Utah is a secular school BYU a Church school, they are different and so they should be and shall remain.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    @BigCougFan

    Didn't you just slam your Cougars? 2 of those unimpressive wins was over BYU? And someone named Alabama.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    This is a big win for the utes.. bigger than any win on the field for the past several years! Congrats to the utes.

  • ute fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    So this is what it feels like to be in a conference that has a decent conference commissioner... I'm definitely glad to have Larry Scott running things vs Craig Thompson...

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    "Sadly, the Utes don't participate in many Olympic sports,"

    Really? Chris Hill, Utah's AD has already said that Utah fields 19 varsity teams and gives out the maximum allotted scholarships sanctioned by the NCAA in each. Not all of the PAC 12 schools field a men's baseball team. Utah does. Yes, it would be nice to add men's soccer and track/field. Utah just opened a state of the art track facility and with the availability of Rio Tinto Stadium for soccer games I can see that happening but all in good time and the times are indeed good for Utah and the PAC 12.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    May 3, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    @Cougzz
    I am curious where is byu getting all this money you are talking about? Are you assuming because byu supposedly has a larger fan base they supposedly have millions of dollars? Are you saying that because of the church they have more money than the Pac 12? How are they getting all this money? I am just curious and want you to back up your statement. If you find a link that would be great. If you do back it up thats cool and I respect that but if you dont how can we take your posts or anybody else who says this serious?
    I have heard many other cougar fans say this also but none of them can tell me where byu gets its millions of dollars. Is it from alumni or boosters? I really am just curious? Anyways congrats to the Utes, I am excited to watch them take on the Pac.

  • Muss Man Draper, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    @El Chango Supremo:

    The newspaper article listing $800k to $1.2 million x 3 games per year for BYU is highly reliable.

    If BYU is actually receiving more money, I'm sure they would have stumbled all over themselves to announce it.

    Why would ESPN pay Utah more? Because they're in the PAC 12.

  • Jim Marshall Clearfield, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Chango, that is some funny stuff, thinking that byu's deal is equal. Terms were in fact released by espn and it was 1.1 million for 3 home games. Do the math. Please keep up your delusions of grandeur though. Quite entertaining.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    El Chango Supremo,

    You're not understanding that this is a deal with the PAC-12 conference, not just Utah. ESPN will pay the conference and the money will then be divided amongst the teams. Utah's revenue from TV is bigger than BYU's because of the conference affiliation. ESPN wouldn't pay that much for Utah alone, but they're not paying that much for BYU either.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    Congrats Utes!

    Time to start putting that Men's track team/cross country teams together. Sadly, the Utes don't participate in many Olympic sports, especially on the Men's side of sports (men only have swimming/diving, women have track/CC, gymnastics, swim/dive). With $19M I am excited for the Utes to finally move away from West High School and build their own facilities.

    The only thing I wonder about is the 12 year contract. This seemed to burn the Big12. When they first signed the contract they made a lot, half way through the contract they were one of the lower paid BCS conf. Long term contracts benefit the tv networks, not the schools. Go for 8 years, or renegotiating power after 8 years (i.e. opt out clause). 10-years from now, everybody will be making well over $20M/yr.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    you say this:

    "The terms of BYU's deal were not made public, so all this bickering is just silly. " One article GUESSED that BYU was making 1.2 million per game... why is it given any credibility?

    Then seriously followed it up with this?

    Why would ESPN pay Utah 22 million a year to air a few games but BYU much less? My guess is that there wouldn't be that large of a discrepancy! I have a feeling that BYU's deal is better than the estimates being thrown around.

    Oh the irony!!!

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    First of all BYU hasn't wanted to be in the Pac for 30 years, they have wanted to be in the big 12 for awhile now, and another thing, BYU still has a national chamnpionship.

  • Chewbacca Magna, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    El Chango Suprempo- Hahahahahahahahaha! Way to mix yerself a sweet blue kool-aid cocktail!

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Congratulations Utah!!

    I keep seeing comparisons of the Pac-12's deal with ESPN to BYU's deal with ESPN.

    The terms of BYU's deal were not made public, so all this bickering is just silly. One article GUESSED that BYU was making 1.2 million per game... why is it given any credibility?

    Let me ask you this... Why would ESPN pay Utah 22 million a year to air a few games but BYU much less? My guess is that there wouldn't be that large of a discrepancy! I have a feeling that BYU's deal is better than the estimates being thrown around. The only people who know are folks at ESPN and the BYU athletic dept.

    I highly doubt BYU's and Utah's deals are that much different.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 3, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    I guess that warm and fuzzy ESPN/BYU deal kinda feels like small potatoes now....doesn't it trolls.

    As I've said many times before; Holmoe made a knee jerk reaction last summer...something BYU will be locked to for many years.

    If cooler heads prevailed, Holmoe could have had a much richer deal with ESPN and a WAC agreement for the basketball team.

    Admit it, BYU left a lot on the table simply because they didn't handle their business.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    Ibleedcrimson
    "It feels like a million... No make the 21 million bucks!!!! "

    Nice one. I would be saying the same thing.

    This is a big deal, hard to understand why Cougar fans can't just be happy for Utah. Do I wish BYU had the money? Yes, I will admit it.

    Spend it wisely.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    @TJ

    Sorry TJ, but that just isn't accurate. BYU has wanted to get into the Pac-10 for 30 years. So to act like they chose Independence over the Pac-12 is a flat out lie. Were they invited, they would have jumped. They were not even considered.

    But I do agree with you. What BYU has going is much better than what they had in the MWC. With Utah and TCU leaving, that is a sinking ship. Congrats for BYU getting what they could. Unfortunately, it just doesn't measure up to the Pac-12 and its benefits. But BYU and their fans know that.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    "How does it feel Ute fans to make an overnight transformation and become what just a year ago you hated."

    It feels like a million... No make the 21 million bucks!!!!

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    " Am I missing something? "

    Na as long as you keep looking forward, way forward, you will see the Utes in the distance.....

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Looks like this article did not bring out the "trolls" like Hedgie and others indicated, so they had to be the "trolls" and put what they thought the so called "trolls" would say in their own mouths. Nice.

  • andrewute1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Cougzz,

    "Am i missing something?" You miss BCS game pretty regularly, while Utah goes to them so yes you are missing quite a bit.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    And somehow all that money still equates to annual tuition hikes, increased temptations to recruit illegally, lowered values, and teams from smaller conferences (not making that money) still coming up with regular victories over the big money teams. How does it feel Ute fans to make an overnight transformation and become what just a year ago you hated. One of the big boys rubbing it in the other teams face because you make so much more money than them.
    You have all of this money, but it certainly won't end up in the students pockets and it won't make much difference on the field, court, pool or whatever. Utah was already one of the best teams in the country in several sports, is that going to change much?

  • Cougzz St. George, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Wow, so it's all about money now? If it's all about money, I'm pretty sure that BYU has exponentially more money available to it than the entire Pac 12, but who cares? It's about the gridiron. When it comes to "money," BYU has more than it will ever need (not to mention a fan base that is 10 times bigger than the U). Am I missing something?

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Truly great to not only get the money but the exposure as well. USC will not be going anywhere. The Trojans will stay put in the PAC 12. ESPN locked up BYU for eight years for a pittance. Now will come the trolls with the worn out and over played comments about Utah being the bottom feeders of the PAC 12 and getting all the 2d and 3d tier TV scheduling. They are so unhappy with their situation that they have to pull others down.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    I am a BYU fan first and I am not blue in the face with envy as crisbryant would like me to be. BYU has a great thing going also. It is what they want at this time. I am very happy for the Utes and would love to see them reach the top of the PAC. It would be great for the state of Utah. This money should get their entire athletic program back in the black and get some quality facilities built. I say congrats to the Utes.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 3, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    THis just in

    The New York Times is now reporting that the Pac-12 television deal is worth an estimated $3 billion over 12 years or $250 million per year. Earlier reports believed the deal was worth $225 million per year.

    Got my feet on my desk and lighting up a big fat cigar!

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    BYU's TV deal with ESPN = $1.2 million x 3 games per year, for 8 years.

    Utah's TV deal with ESPN = $19 million per year for 12 years.

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    May 3, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    hedge,

    The only discrepancy appears to be a minor amount of money. It certainly isn't in wins and losses. Of course that is easy to quantify so you will ignore it.

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    Cougar Eat Ute
    you made me chuckle.
    this deal makes me happy, i dont know why we as fans care about how much our respective schools make at the end of the month but for some reason we all do. go figure.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    Wow, just wow.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 3, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    "BYU fans are going to try and justify this until they are blue in the face, but make no mistkae, this hurts to see." -Hans Olsen, former BYU defensive lineman.

    I think it needed to be spelled out in writting for the BYU fan to truly understand the magnitude of the desperacy between Utah and BYU athletics.

    The truly painful part for the tds will now be living the desperacy.

  • andrewute1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    FYI the NY Times is saying the deal is over $3 Billion

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    "BYU fans are going to try and justify this until they are blue in the face, but make no mistkae, this hurts to see."-Hans Olsen, former BYU defensive lineman.

  • Cougar Eat Ute Cedar Hills, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    Well played my red freinds. Well played.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 3, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    hmmmm, it appears ALL the media networks want a piece of the PAC12. From what I've heard from our regular trolls is that ESPN wasn't intrested in "west coast" sports. I guess not.

    Latest word is the 225 million is a conservative number. The actual number could be as high as 250 million.

    The best part is that this does not include the PAC12 network.... wich in time could generate over 20 million on an annual basis.

    When it's all said and done Utah could be netting as much as 22 million on an annual basis.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    July 1, 2011 can't get here soon enough!!

  • Juggernaut Cedar Hills, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    So all this time Utah wasn't supposed to get ESPN exposure. Well, looks like they did after all. At the tune of about 19 mil a year as well.

  • andrewute1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    Wow what a payday!! Unbeliveable!! What a great day to be a Ute!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 3, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Wow. Biggest conference TV contract in history.