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Liberty, Army, UMass, and UConn ought to enter into a formal scheduling agreement to guarantee that they all get 3 November games amongst each other.

That gives some stability to everyone’s schedules.
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NMSU says don't forget about them, there are enough Independents out there now so you can survive.
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(05-13-2020 02:37 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  Liberty, Army, UMass, and UConn ought to enter into a formal scheduling agreement to guarantee that they all get 3 November games amongst each other.

That gives some stability to everyone’s schedules.

Army generally has no problem finding opponents, so they might not be interested. New Mexico State, on the other hand, would probably love in on such an arrangement.
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The bottom line for UCONN

An extremely approximated breakdown of what to expect over the next few years, both in a Big East reality and a hypothetical situation where UConn stayed in the AAC. This does not take into account a potential bump in attendance:

UCONN/Big East:

Value of Big East deal with FOX: $4.2 million per year, per team
Value of current deal with SNY: About $1 million per year
Expected value of football deal with CBSSports & SNY: About $1 million per year (with two "look ins'/ extensions after first four years)
Potential football buy game: $1 million per year
Bowl game payout: $310,000, based on 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $1.6 million
AAC exit fee: $1 million per year, after 2020
Production costs: Zero
TOTAL: $8.1 million


AAC:

Value of new AAC deal: About $7 million per year, per team
Bowl Game Payout: $2.05 million per team in 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $725,000
ESPN+ Production costs: About $1 million per year
Additional travel: About $2 million per year
TOTAL: $6.75 million

Congrats to Uconn for being smart!

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(05-13-2020 05:29 PM)GTFletch Wrote:  The bottom line for UCONN

An extremely approximated breakdown of what to expect over the next few years, both in a Big East reality and a hypothetical situation where UConn stayed in the AAC. This does not take into account a potential bump in attendance:

UCONN/Big East:

Value of Big East deal with FOX: $4.2 million per year, per team
Value of current deal with SNY: About $1 million per year
Expected value of football deal with CBSSports & SNY: About $1 million per year (with two "look ins'/ extensions after first four years)
Potential football buy game: $1 million per year
Bowl game payout: $310,000, based on 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $1.6 million
AAC exit fee: $1 million per year, after 2020
Production costs: Zero
TOTAL: $8.1 million


AAC:

Value of new AAC deal: About $7 million per year, per team
Bowl Game Payout: $2.05 million per team in 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $725,000
ESPN+ Production costs: About $1 million per year
Additional travel: About $2 million per year
TOTAL: $6.75 million

Congrats to Uconn for being smart!

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https://connecticut.rivals.com/news/fina...e-big-east

Creative math.

You think UConn is the only program taking buy games? It is not going to cost AAC schools $1M/yr for ESPN+ production. The Sun Belt has games on ESPN+ as of last year and it cost them nowhere near that. Moreover, most of the AAC schools already had much better setups already than the SBC schools.

Also, you forgot to include the $14M UConn paid for the AAC to leave in your analysis.
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UConn's move is much more about generating lost money in ticket sales and donations than it is about what the Vig Esst's media money can do for them compared to the AAC. Even if they'd have more from the AAC itself than the Big East itself, it was a worthwhile move. They have to keep the boosters happy.
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(05-13-2020 05:42 PM)CliftonAve Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 05:29 PM)GTFletch Wrote:  The bottom line for UCONN

An extremely approximated breakdown of what to expect over the next few years, both in a Big East reality and a hypothetical situation where UConn stayed in the AAC. This does not take into account a potential bump in attendance:

UCONN/Big East:

Value of Big East deal with FOX: $4.2 million per year, per team
Value of current deal with SNY: About $1 million per year
Expected value of football deal with CBSSports & SNY: About $1 million per year (with two "look ins'/ extensions after first four years)
Potential football buy game: $1 million per year
Bowl game payout: $310,000, based on 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $1.6 million
AAC exit fee: $1 million per year, after 2020
Production costs: Zero
TOTAL: $8.1 million


AAC:

Value of new AAC deal: About $7 million per year, per team
Bowl Game Payout: $2.05 million per team in 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $725,000
ESPN+ Production costs: About $1 million per year
Additional travel: About $2 million per year
TOTAL: $6.75 million

Congrats to Uconn for being smart!

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https://connecticut.rivals.com/news/fina...e-big-east

Creative math.

You think UConn is the only program taking buy games? It is not going to cost AAC schools $1M/yr for ESPN+ production. The Sun Belt has games on ESPN+ as of last year and it cost them nowhere near that. Moreover, most of the AAC schools already had much better setups already than the SBC schools.

Also, you forgot to include the $14M UConn paid for the AAC to leave in your analysis.
Creative indeed.

SNY may be paying $1M for third tier - that is, WBB - but Fox owns those rights, not UConn.
The CBSSN deal was reported as seven figures over four years, not seven figures per year. Halve that million.
For precision, UConn's guesstimate of $2M per year travel savings for non revenue sports should be in their column, not the AAC's.
As CliftonAve points out, sane estimates of AAC ESPN+ production costs are $300k.
Also he's right about buy games. AAC teams could do the same, and for example, UConn booked Clemson as an AAC member
You list CFP payments, but omit the $500k per team per year from the AAC's other bowls. (And we can keep it at '19 figures without adjusting for that $24M CFP divided eleven ways, instead of twelve, for the sake of argument - it will vary for NY6 bowl and performance anyway)

With those adjustments, I get
UConn $7.4M
AAC $9.91M
Basically, the difference is CFP and other bowl money.

Increased MBB, WBB ticket sales and donations could very well make it break even. I wish UConn luck in that.

And none of that changes that this was almost certainly the right strategic move for UConn. That will still be true without fudging numbers.
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(05-13-2020 07:10 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  And none of that changes that this was almost certainly the right strategic move for UConn. That will still be true without fudging numbers.

Yes, it's not uncommon for a good strategy to involve tactical retreats or the incurrence of initial losses.
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(05-13-2020 07:19 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 07:10 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  And none of that changes that this was almost certainly the right strategic move for UConn. That will still be true without fudging numbers.

Yes, it's not uncommon for a good strategy to involve tactical retreats or the incurrence of initial losses.

No argument on that.

I'd add that AD Benedict's achievement in putting together the 2020 schedule was amazing.
Future football schedules are looking good - 1-1 with Syracuse big, and multi-year H&H with Army West Point should also be good for UConn fans. If Pitt and Rutgers also come through as Courant article teased, that "good" could look even better.
The CBSSN football deal is good, just not the "in your face AAC!" that the more militant Husky twitterati want to make it.

Overall strategic gain for short term balance sheet losses that may still be offest by hoops gates and donations.
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(05-13-2020 02:37 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  Liberty, Army, UMass, and UConn ought to enter into a formal scheduling agreement to guarantee that they all get 3 November games amongst each other.

That gives some stability to everyone’s schedules.

I'm not sure Army has huge issues getting games.
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(05-13-2020 03:15 PM)orangefan Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 02:37 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  Liberty, Army, UMass, and UConn ought to enter into a formal scheduling agreement to guarantee that they all get 3 November games amongst each other.

That gives some stability to everyone’s schedules.

Army generally has no problem finding opponents, so they might not be interested. New Mexico State, on the other hand, would probably love in on such an arrangement.

Army having a relationship with both UConn and UMass makes perfect sense because they are both close by and playing one on the road, which is a very manageable bus trip, and the other at home would be ideal.

Army’s interest in Liberty is so so. Army really has no need to play NMSU nor do I think they want to.

NMSU would very much like to play any independent they can get on the schedule. I think UConn, UMass, and Liberty are all cool playing them too.
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As some have correctly noted for many months now, UConn is making a strategic/tactical move driven by multiple factors that go beyond "generating revenue on the front end." For example, I feel UConn boosters will be much more likely to donate to the university (more so than had been the case with AAC membership) with the Husky athletic program as a member of the Big East.

And American fans who feel "slighted" by UConn should not.

Let's put it this way: If Louisville, VCU and Pittsburgh were in a stable long-term league (whatever this crazy hypothetical league might be) with Memphis, Cincy, Temple, Houston and Wichita, I would not want Memphis and Cincy to leave that leave for the current Big East — even if the Big East offered a bit more money. My fantasy league with those eight urban, public (though Pitt is a hybrid) non-sectarian universities ... it just makes sense (in my dreams). I would be fully happy in that league as a fan of the Tigers and Bearcats.

It's about historical rivalries, geography, similar programs/universities. UConn's move to the Big East makes more sense than its staying in the American. It's nothing personal (as some have made it out to be).
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(05-11-2020 03:13 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(05-11-2020 12:42 PM)DoubleRSU Wrote:  
(05-11-2020 12:19 PM)Bogg Wrote:  UConn announced a deal with CBS Sports today. Four years, with two two-year Network options after for a total of eight years (should CBS so choose). UConn will get some amount of money from it and CBS will pay all production costs, but it doesn't sound like the money is huge. Still nice to get a deal with a national network.

Good for them. They have done better than I and probably many others have thought they would do with their Independence.

Since CBSSN doesn’t do national ratings, it’s hard to say how many people will actually watch UConn games. I guess it’s better than ESPN+, but who actually knows.

They were regularly in the 200K viewer range (often below even that) on the bigger ESPN-U network. There will almost certainly be lower viewership on the smaller CBS-Sports Network. It is what it is. To be fair---they were probably looking at a number of games on ESPN+ with the new AAC deal. So, I suspect viewership on CBS-Sports will be higher than ESPN+.

In this season with the Coronavirus, is this a plus. Does the contract include this situation. Does CBS Sports survive without the SEC.
For UConn, I actually hope it works out. Not in the NBE, but for their football program. Too many dollars spent to drop the program.
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(05-13-2020 08:05 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 03:15 PM)orangefan Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 02:37 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  Liberty, Army, UMass, and UConn ought to enter into a formal scheduling agreement to guarantee that they all get 3 November games amongst each other.

That gives some stability to everyone’s schedules.

Army generally has no problem finding opponents, so they might not be interested. New Mexico State, on the other hand, would probably love in on such an arrangement.

Army having a relationship with both UConn and UMass makes perfect sense because they are both close by and playing one on the road, which is a very manageable bus trip, and the other at home would be ideal.

Army’s interest in Liberty is so so. Army really has no need to play NMSU nor do I think they want to.

NMSU would very much like to play any independent they can get on the schedule. I think UConn, UMass, and Liberty are all cool playing them too.

NMST and Liberty already play each other. Don't know if a scheduling agreement long term helps UConn and UMass because of the distance. UConn left the AAC to rejoin the BE and would rather play more of a regional FB schedule to cut travel in that sport now that they have been kicked out of the AAC for FB, once their scheduling works it's way out over time. The long distance travel will be reserved for money games. However if scheduling problems persist in late October and into November then they might have to schedule NMST late in the season to fill those slots. UConn and UMass scheduling Liberty is a no brainer though. 07-coffee3

Edit: Just checked the future schedules for UMass. NMST is on their schedule as a regular for the 2020 through the 2023 seasons. Looks like UMass, NMST, and Liberty already have a scheduling agreement going for the late season when the other schools go into conference play. 07-coffee3
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(05-12-2020 09:35 PM)Michael in Raleigh Wrote:  
(05-12-2020 05:49 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  I remember well when DePaul, Louisville and Cincy joined the BE. I was rather excited (notwithstanding the fact that Memphis got left behind).

The glory days of the BE are long gone but I remain very impressed with how well the current BE has reinvented itself. I feel UConn will simply add to that momentum in a positive way.
I think the current version of the Big East is awesome. Villanova is a great anchor, and the rest of the league is extremely cohesive. They're really impressive, especially considering they get about a tenth of the media revenue as compared with most P5 leagues.

Also, two thirds of the classic 1980's Big East will be there once UConn returns. Only Syracuse, BC, and Pitt won't be there.

I agree. Even as an A10 fan, it’s turning out to be quite the conference. I had my doubts when it started on its own because St. John’s had fallen off, Seton Hall and Providence were hardly a blip after the CUSA raid. DePaul never showed up, and Georgetown was fading. There was no certainty that the three new members could line up with some of these schools, either. It’s fine now.

And it’s nothing against the AAC, but I wonder how UConn hits the floor when it rejoins this group. I could see it going to either extreme the first season: really bad, or toward the top. I doubt they are in the middle.

The deal with CBS is sensible, and it has the potential for reach, but it seems a tad low. I would have thought $500K/yr. I suspect the production costs brought this one in, but for a northeastern school doing what it can to be seen with other majors, part of me thinks these four years could be the dusk for UConn football at the FBS level. Hope I’m wrong.
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(05-13-2020 05:29 PM)GTFletch Wrote:  The bottom line for UCONN

An extremely approximated breakdown of what to expect over the next few years, both in a Big East reality and a hypothetical situation where UConn stayed in the AAC. This does not take into account a potential bump in attendance:

UCONN/Big East:

Value of Big East deal with FOX: $4.2 million per year, per team
Value of current deal with SNY: About $1 million per year
Expected value of football deal with CBSSports & SNY: About $1 million per year (with two "look ins'/ extensions after first four years)
Potential football buy game: $1 million per year
Bowl game payout: $310,000, based on 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $1.6 million
AAC exit fee: $1 million per year, after 2020
Production costs: Zero
TOTAL: $8.1 million


AAC:

Value of new AAC deal: About $7 million per year, per team
Bowl Game Payout: $2.05 million per team in 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $725,000
ESPN+ Production costs: About $1 million per year
Additional travel: About $2 million per year
TOTAL: $6.75 million

Congrats to Uconn for being smart!

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Creative math.

You think UConn is the only program taking buy games? It is not going to cost AAC schools $1M/yr for ESPN+ production. The Sun Belt has games on ESPN+ as of last year and it cost them nowhere near that. Moreover, most of the AAC schools already had much better setups already than the SBC schools.

Also, you forgot to include the $14M UConn paid for the AAC to leave in your analysis.

I think it is going to cost some schools 1M Plus to create production studios and then there are cost to produce content. I guess we will see what the numbers really are in a year or so. According to the reports, the conference withheld $5.1 million from UConn this pastyear, between $5-6 million this summer (2020) and the school will pay roughly $1 million for the next six years to reach the $17 million. So I am not sure why you think UCon is cutting a 14M check, but maybe I am wrong.
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(05-13-2020 02:37 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  Liberty, Army, UMass, and UConn ought to enter into a formal scheduling agreement to guarantee that they all get 3 November games amongst each other.

That gives some stability to everyone’s schedules.

Liberty, UMass and UConn already come close to that, just from the mutual benefit, it's not likely that a formal scheduling agreement would add very much.
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(05-14-2020 09:12 AM)GTFletch Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 05:42 PM)CliftonAve Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 05:29 PM)GTFletch Wrote:  The bottom line for UCONN

An extremely approximated breakdown of what to expect over the next few years, both in a Big East reality and a hypothetical situation where UConn stayed in the AAC. This does not take into account a potential bump in attendance:

UCONN/Big East:

Value of Big East deal with FOX: $4.2 million per year, per team
Value of current deal with SNY: About $1 million per year
Expected value of football deal with CBSSports & SNY: About $1 million per year (with two "look ins'/ extensions after first four years)
Potential football buy game: $1 million per year
Bowl game payout: $310,000, based on 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $1.6 million
AAC exit fee: $1 million per year, after 2020
Production costs: Zero
TOTAL: $8.1 million


AAC:

Value of new AAC deal: About $7 million per year, per team
Bowl Game Payout: $2.05 million per team in 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $725,000
ESPN+ Production costs: About $1 million per year
Additional travel: About $2 million per year
TOTAL: $6.75 million

Congrats to Uconn for being smart!

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https://connecticut.rivals.com/news/fina...e-big-east

Creative math.

You think UConn is the only program taking buy games? It is not going to cost AAC schools $1M/yr for ESPN+ production. The Sun Belt has games on ESPN+ as of last year and it cost them nowhere near that. Moreover, most of the AAC schools already had much better setups already than the SBC schools.

Also, you forgot to include the $14M UConn paid for the AAC to leave in your analysis.

I think it is going to cost some schools 1M Plus to create production studios and then there are cost to produce content. I guess we will see what the numbers really are in a year or so. According to the reports, the conference withheld $5.1 million from UConn this pastyear, between $5-6 million this summer (2020) and the school will pay roughly $1 million for the next six years to reach the $17 million. So I am not sure why you think UCon is cutting a 14M check, but maybe I am wrong.

Same net effect. Thats how math works. At the end of all of it, the AAC schools are 17 million better off after UConn leaves than they would have expected to be with UConn still in the conference. AFurthermore, any math showing UConn makes more in the Big East is pure fictional spin with no basis in reality. That doesnt necessarily make it a bad move. I actually think it was the right move for UConn and their fans--even if it spins off less money for the foreseeable future. I think it represents what most UConn fans would prefer---and thats worth the difference in revenue (which I think is probably only 2 or 3 million a year after all changes in revenues and expenses are considered).
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(05-14-2020 09:12 AM)GTFletch Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 05:42 PM)CliftonAve Wrote:  
(05-13-2020 05:29 PM)GTFletch Wrote:  The bottom line for UCONN

An extremely approximated breakdown of what to expect over the next few years, both in a Big East reality and a hypothetical situation where UConn stayed in the AAC. This does not take into account a potential bump in attendance:

UCONN/Big East:

Value of Big East deal with FOX: $4.2 million per year, per team
Value of current deal with SNY: About $1 million per year
Expected value of football deal with CBSSports & SNY: About $1 million per year (with two "look ins'/ extensions after first four years)
Potential football buy game: $1 million per year
Bowl game payout: $310,000, based on 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $1.6 million
AAC exit fee: $1 million per year, after 2020
Production costs: Zero
TOTAL: $8.1 million


AAC:

Value of new AAC deal: About $7 million per year, per team
Bowl Game Payout: $2.05 million per team in 2019
Men’s Basketball Fund: $725,000
ESPN+ Production costs: About $1 million per year
Additional travel: About $2 million per year
TOTAL: $6.75 million

Congrats to Uconn for being smart!

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https://connecticut.rivals.com/news/fina...e-big-east

Creative math.

You think UConn is the only program taking buy games? It is not going to cost AAC schools $1M/yr for ESPN+ production. The Sun Belt has games on ESPN+ as of last year and it cost them nowhere near that. Moreover, most of the AAC schools already had much better setups already than the SBC schools.

Also, you forgot to include the $14M UConn paid for the AAC to leave in your analysis.

I think it is going to cost some schools 1M Plus to create production studios and then there are cost to produce content. I guess we will see what the numbers really are in a year or so. According to the reports, the conference withheld $5.1 million from UConn this pastyear, between $5-6 million this summer (2020) and the school will pay roughly $1 million for the next six years to reach the $17 million. So I am not sure why you think UCon is cutting a 14M check, but maybe I am wrong.

Same net effect. Thats how math works. At the end of all of it, the AAC schools are 17 million better off after UConn leaves than they would have expected to be with UConn still in the conference. AFurthermore, any math showing UConn makes more in the Big East is pure fictional spin with no basis in reality. That doesnt necessarily make it a bad move. I actually think it was the right move for UConn and their fans--even if it spins off less money for the foreseeable future. I think it represents what most UConn fans would prefer---and thats worth the difference in revenue (which I think is probably only 2 or 3 million a year after all changes in revenues and expenses are considered).

Interesting. So when I source that UConn was spending $7 million (in 2018) and over $9 million (in 2019) in travel expenses (being in a national conference), that get's labeled inaccurate - but making a declaration like this without the full year's worth of confirmed financial data "is fictional spin with no basis in reality"? Got it. Makes total sense.

Look, everyone will have their own opinion on the move, and no one enjoys when a conference member leaves for another conference. The bottom line is that moves like this are as much rooted in branding/association as they are bottom-line financial values. The bottom-line financial values will be much more positively impacted due to a happier fan-base and opponents in sports that fans, students and the state actually care about (not to mention recruiting an area where students actually come from).

In addition, the AAC (old Big East) had a 27-month, $10 million exit fee/notification. UConn got out with less than 12 months notification for $17 million. Initial negotiations between the two parties had the AAC asking for $30 million and UConn aiming for $15 million. Not only did UConn leave early (12 months) but they also paid closer to what they wanted to than what the AAC did. The narrative that UConn had to "pay-up" to exit is hilariously inaccurate. If anything they paid less than what they were expected to, and got out earlier than what was contractually obligated. And, those "fees" are also propped up with withheld conference payouts (over $10 million) - so that amount isn't even coming from UConn; the AAC just kept a bigger slice of the pie.
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RE: [split] UConn football deal with CBS Sports Network
UConn's move to Big East was the right move. The Big East enhances both UConn men and women basketball. This is where UConn has its history and geographical neighborhood.

Playing as an independent probably also enhances UConn football. Rather than being stuck in 5th or 6th place in AAC's eastern division and losing to hapless teams like Tulsa and ECU, the Huskies can schedule like Army to get 6 wins and become bowl eligible. In addition, losing to teams like Ole Miss and North Carolina will be viewed with less negativity as compared to losing to Tulsa and ECU.

UConn was for AAC what Duke is for ACC. In the short run, AAC has been hurt by UConn's departure. In the long run, this question remains unanswered. If AAC picks up a BYU and/or Boise State (football only) for its 12th football team, then AAC will come out ahead in regards to football. Add VCU for basketball and AAC basketball will remain strong.

In a sense, both UConn and AAC can come out of this both as winners.

In terms of revenue, the argument can be that the BE is probably maxed out. Whatever BE's financial position is today, that is what it will probably be tomorrow relatively speaking. For AAC, this question also remains unanswered. It appears that the AAC has the capability to grow its revenue base. Football is where the bigger money can be found. The AAC went from $2M to $7M in its second contract and with much stronger TV presence and appearances. Supposedly, if the AAC had a binding agreement, the AAC TV contract would have been worth more. Then, too, the financial implications of ESPN+ has to play out. The B12 considers its ESPN+ contract as its conference TV Network similar to BiG and SEC networks. But will ESPN+ generate large sums of money? Who knows? And so this back and forth between UConn and AAC cannot be fully understand until some time passes to see the final results.

So, we will all see how this plays out....which, in absence of football season and in the presence of social distancing, thank god for these sports boards to have some entertainment.
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