ESPN, Mountain West Conference finalizing multimillion-dollar deal

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 8, 2013 7:13 a.m.


    The old WAC deal paid out somewhere between $300-400K per team per year. The new deal with the MWC gives them over 4 times that much. This is great news for the Aggies, but the deal the MWC agreed to is still worth less than the MWC's current deal. This is the bad part. It also sucks that the Big [L]East -- which is, and has been a lesser conference -- is getting more.

  • 007 Layton, UT
    March 7, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    How is this different than the old WAC deal when most of these teams were part of it?

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    March 7, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    @ ekute

    Congrats Aggies and MWC for the ESPN contract! Aggies made a great decision going to the MWC and I think they will thrive in that conference in both sports. In football, they will be a threat to Boise State especially if their anything like they were last year. In basketball, with Stew Morrill, they will be up there as well especially with the majority of their lineup next year being seniors.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 7, 2013 7:56 p.m.

    Come on byu fans. At least one of you step up and congratulate the Aggies and your old conference on their new tv deal. Tell them about the benefits of exposure on ESPN. They're not a threat to anything that byu or Utah is doing.

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    March 7, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    ESPN wants Boise back? Go figure.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    18 million?!

    We each make that in the PAC 12. Each year

    And the Mwc combined gets that?

    Can I just say again I love my bcs membership.

    18 million each in PAC 12 or 1.5 million each in mwc.


  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    BYU should find a way to remain independent in football and go back to the MWC for other sports. BYU basketball just doesn't belong in the WCC. The MWC with BYU in basketball would be an awesome conference. USU, BYU, New Mexico, UNLV, Nevada; I would even watch it.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    Still nothing like our $6,000,000 to $8,000,000 per game deal with ESPN.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 7, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    This is the first time I've agreed with Naval Vet. This is better exposure for the MWC, but it's no better money than the conference got from The Mtn. Utah is getting more money from the PAC than the entire MWC.

    But the conference doesn't have the panache it had with BYU, Utah and TCU; so I guess it's understandable.

    However, I'm still hoping for a BYU deal with the MWC like Notre Dame has with ACC. I'd like to see all sports move back to the MWC with football staying Indy and 5 football games with MWC to include USU and Boise every year. The ESPN deal increases that possibility, but it may also require waiting until Thompson is gone.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 7, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    If the MWC agreed to equal television revenue sharing, that would amount to $1.5 million per team pet year. That's less than their current deal, and ~$200K/yr less than what the Big C-USA teams will be getting from their deal. Totally weak. When will the MWC finally get around to coming Thompson?

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 7, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    Circle the wagons. Better yet, try not to think about what might have been. BYU is where they are, and most likely better off for it. This new TV deal isn't necessarily better than independence. I still think TCU would have left the conference rather BYU stayed or not. I am not a BYU fan, but they are in a situation superior to that of the MWC right now. They can play enough softies to get bowl eligible, play big name opponents, shuffle their schedule, get exposure on national TV, and be exposed to a variety of college atmospheres outside of the same trips to Laramie and Albuquerque.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 7, 2013 4:43 p.m.


    LDS membership is world wide, and I think byu tv is to. But still...there has to be big dicrepancy. I like your point.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    March 7, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    There are only about 6 million LDS members in the U.S. Who are these other 49 million US watchers of BYUtv? Did someone do a sales job on ESPN?

    BYUtv is available to 55 million people. No one ever claimed that 55 million people are watching it.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 7, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    Good deal for the Aggies!
    It's not a far stretch to assume that if byu would of stuck around, TCU would still be there, and with BSU, the deal would of been much,much sweeter.
    Either way I'm happy for the Aggies and the rest of our old freinds in the MWC.

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    March 7, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Back when BYU went Indy, the BYU-ESPN deal was estimated between $800,000 and $1.2 million per home game, with a minimum of three BYU home games per year to be carried by ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

    By comparison, I wonder how much Boise State and the other MWC teams will be getting from the $18 million per year of this new MWC-ESPN contract?

    The BYU-ESPN deal also provided that "at least one game each season will be carried live on BYUtv, the network owned by the school that reaches about 55 million U.S. homes."

    There are only about 6 million LDS members in the U.S. Who are these other 49 million US watchers of BYUtv? Did someone do a sales job on ESPN?