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RE: What if: Big East signs new contract w/ ESPN in 2011
(Yesterday 09:04 PM)BearcatJerry Wrote:  When I say "sold," I mean it only in the vein of "We have something you want..." (namely the "Big East Brand"), because the "Big East" title legally remained with the Conference, and the other entity agreed to compensate the Conference for the name. Yes, it was a "Divorce" style negotiation...and YES, it stayed largely amicable, but it was more akin to an actual transaction than the "division of assets" that took place throughout the rest of the separation.

For example, the Conference Office space had been remodeled and a long-term lease signed on the office space. Neither entity really wanted it; it made NO sense for the nascent American to have their offices in Providence, and the soon-to-be Big East had already decided to relocate their offices somewhere in a bigger (and more central) metropolitan area. So it was decided to parcel off the Office Lease to the (now) American Conference...who honored the lease...while other assets went to the (now) Big East.

The name "Big East" is a little more contentious...especially among some AAC members. I really do think we (the Conference) made the best decision to allow the "Big East" name to transfer to the (now) BE. That was one of the first decisions the Conference made; honestly, IMO, it would have been ridiculous to have kept the BE name with only one original, remaining member...like going to see ".38 Special" with only one remaining member from the 1980's or "Styx" when it is only Dennis DeYoung. (Obviously, at least one UCF fan disagrees with me.) After the split and the decision to let the name pass onto the new Conference, people also forget the period where the AAC shopped around potential Conference names. Of course, "The American" won...not all of us liked that choice at the time...and the rest is history.

But yeah...it wasn't a "sell-out" in terms of "selling" the name outright. It was part of the severance ("Divorce") negotiations...and we (the AAC) got compensated for it.


On the music theme, Chicago has had 21 members during its history.

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RE: What if: Big East signs new contract w/ ESPN in 2011
(Yesterday 10:03 PM)Michael in Raleigh Wrote:  
(Yesterday 09:04 PM)BearcatJerry Wrote:  When I say "sold," I mean it only in the vein of "We have something you want..." (namely the "Big East Brand"), because the "Big East" title legally remained with the Conference, and the other entity agreed to compensate the Conference for the name. Yes, it was a "Divorce" style negotiation...and YES, it stayed largely amicable, but it was more akin to an actual transaction than the "division of assets" that took place throughout the rest of the separation.

For example, the Conference Office space had been remodeled and a long-term lease signed on the office space. Neither entity really wanted it; it made NO sense for the nascent American to have their offices in Providence, and the soon-to-be Big East had already decided to relocate their offices somewhere in a bigger (and more central) metropolitan area. So it was decided to parcel off the Office Lease to the (now) American Conference...who honored the lease...while other assets went to the (now) Big East.

The name "Big East" is a little more contentious...especially among some AAC members. I really do think we (the Conference) made the best decision to allow the "Big East" name to transfer to the (now) BE. That was one of the first decisions the Conference made; honestly, IMO, it would have been ridiculous to have kept the BE name with only one original, remaining member...like going to see ".38 Special" with only one remaining member from the 1980's or "Styx" when it is only Dennis DeYoung. (Obviously, at least one UCF fan disagrees with me.) After the split and the decision to let the name pass onto the new Conference, people also forget the period where the AAC shopped around potential Conference names. Of course, "The American" won...not all of us liked that choice at the time...and the rest is history.

But yeah...it wasn't a "sell-out" in terms of "selling" the name outright. It was part of the severance ("Divorce") negotiations...and we (the AAC) got compensated for it.

Who could forget the America 12?


I'd like to forget that one.

And what if — ala alternative band Live — the AAC had opted simply for "The Conference"?
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