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NO BCS-ING YOU, ABC LIKELY TO GAIN BOWL SERIES THROUGH 2006
Published January 27, 2000
Despite calls for a college football playoff, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) will "announce today a four-year extension with ABC through the 2006 bowls for slightly more than" $400M, according to USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke. Big 12 Conference presidents, in a conference call on Wednesday, "affirmed picking up the BCS' three-year option with ABC starting in 2003 plus an extra year. The final year of the current deal, 2002, also might include an increase." The "new deal will boost ABC's annual payout to the BCS at least 28%," to $100M-plus from the current $78M, for the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange Bowls. Team payouts averaging "about" $12M could jump to more than $15M (USA TODAY, 1/27).