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MOUNT USA In Great Peril

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At least that's how I'm reading this by Brett McMurphy. The Mountain West and Conference USA might not form a whole new conference after all, but could instead just have some sort of formal arrangement. If a 24-team league is no longer on the table, then you can go ahead and keep the table, MOUNT USA, as you've just upset fans of enormous institutions everywhere.

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McMurphy explains:

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The main reason for dissolving was to nullify their current television deals and then creating a new conference to maximize their media rights revenue. However, if the leagues dissolved, then they would lose their NCAA tournament units -- teams earn about $250,000 for their conference for each round they advance in the NCAA tournament and that money is distributed to the conferences after a rolling six-year period. Dissolving the leagues would forfeit C-USA and the Mountain West millions of dollars.

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