Posted February 10, 2013

Big East Conference gets NBC Sports Network offer


The NBC Sports Network next week will officially offer the Big East Conference between $20 and $23 million per year to acquire the conference’s media rights, reports

Meanwhile, Big East’s Catholic 7 basketball schools are close to reaching a deal with Fox Sports.

ESPN currently holds the rights to the Big East and they will have an opportunity to match the deal.  ESPN declined to renew the Big East’s rights in November as the conference was seeking a $300 million per year deal with the network. The Big East’s current deal is worth $3.12 million annually for each of the eight full members and $1.5 million annually for each of the non-football members.

The Catholic 7 schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova — haven’t formed a new league yet, but Fox Sports has been the leader for their media rights, sources said. Fox Sports’ offer would be worth between $30 million and $40 million per year depending on how many teams are in the league, sources said.

The Big East Conference basketball media rights deal with ESPN and CBS expires after the 2012-13 academic year, and the football deal with ESPN expires after the next academic year.


The Catholic 7 have had their share of success on the basketball court over the years, but there is one area where these schools  have fallen short of excellence - in fostering their Catholic identity.


Indeed, all seven schools are UNRANKED in the latest edition of the "Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College."


The rankings can be viewed at the link (just scroll down until you get to the rankings): 


The rankings make for interesting reading.