Could things get more depressing for The Big East after losing Rutgers and Louisville? Yes. Yes, they can. Dennis Dodd is reporting that, despite multiple parties interested, the new Big East TV rights deal could be worth as little as $60 million per year. The offer the Big East turned down from ESPN in 2011 was believed to be worth $155 million per year.
Divided by 15 football schools in 2015, that would be around $4 million per school per year. That’s about what Big East teams are receiving under their expiring contract. The Big Ten earned about six times as much last year, with an outdated first-tier rights agreement.
Not a great time to be UConn.
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