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Sources: Boise State Eyeing TV Rights; MWC Might Tweak Deal With CBS
Published December 27, 2012
RE-WORKING THE DEAL: CBSSPORTS.com's Jeremy Fowler noted the MWC's "restructured television contract with CBS creates an interesting dynamic for 2016, when the network can apply its four-year option to keep the conference's rights until 2020." This is a "reworking of a 10-year deal with CBS that began in 2006-07 and pays a reported $12 million per year." But a source said that the deal "does not affect CBS' four-year option after the deal is up." In other words, the MWC "likely won't be a free agent for another eight years." The MWC "doesn't see this as a bad thing as it works to bolster its portfolio and position itself for more money than its antiquated original deal." The reworked deal is more "inventory for a league that's clearly trying to become the most powerful small conference while the Big East is vulnerable." It also could "free up the conference to profit more off digital rights" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/22).