Will the Worldwide Leader be pushed by NBC Sports (Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE)
We've got little idea what type of TV the deal the Big East will be able to net once the conference is officially on the market. But Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News says 'sources' claim NBC Sports may be willing to go in for up to $14 million for basketball and football-playing members.
That's a pretty staggering sum for a conference that reportedly turned down a deal for $11 - $13 million from ESPN when it was actually a bit stronger.
A bit stronger, you say? Well, I don't necessarily think so, anyway. Weiss? He thinks the conference may actually be in better shape than it was before.More specifically, Weiss says the league has a chance to be better:
Now, ironically, with West Virgiina leaving for the Big 12 and Pitt and Syracuse dpearting for the ACC, the Big East has a chance to become a better conference than it was in the past. The league has rebranded itself as a national conference with South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Connecticut, Louisville, Temple, Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston, Memphis, Central Florida and Navy, all arriving by 2015, giving it teams in all four time zones.