Brett McMurphy of ESPN reports that the Mountain West Conference is putting the final touches on a seven-year deal that should total about $18 million annually and about $116 million in all. Media rights will belong to both CBS (broadcast entirely on the CBS Sports Network) and ESPN. In total, 22 football games and 25 men's basketball games will be broadcast on ESPN, with six of those games being Boise State home football games.
How does that compare to the rest of the major college football conferences? Not too shabby. Samuel Chi looked at the numbers and it's clear who's performing the best:
- Pac-12 is in the midst of a 12-year, $250 million contract that will last until 2023-24 and pay out $20.8 million to each school each season.
- The Big Ten is right now finishing up a $248.2 million annual deal that will last until 2016-17 and pay out $20.7 million to each school.
- The Big 12 is set to make $200 million a year through 2015-16, averaging out to around $20 million per school.
- The ACC will earn about $240 million a year for 15 years through 2026-27, with each school set to earn around $17.1 million.
- The SEC is currently earning only about $14.6 million as part of a 15-year deal through 2023-24, but they are in the midst of renegotiating this contract to add a conference network to the equation.
- The unraveling Big East was earning about $254 million annually for football and basketball at the end of their TV contract, which expires at the end of this season. The new Big East (which still needs to be renamed) has agreed to a seven-year, $130 million with ESPN that will last through 2019-20.
- The Mountain West is still behind all these conferences.
It's not a huge contract, but it should give the Mountain West plenty of opportunity to be one of the stronger mid-majors in college football for the foreseeable future.
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