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CBS Will Retain Rights To Navy Football Through '17-18, Despite Big East-ESPN Deal
Published March 22, 2013
TROPIC THUNDER: In Honolulu, Ferd Lewis noted the Hawaii football team "stands to gain visibility, but likely little cash from a new TV agreement announced Wednesday" between ESPN and the Mountain West Conference. The MWC is "expected to receive" about $18M in combined revenue from its ESPN and CBS deals. UH officials have said that under terms of their membership agreement with the conference, the school "will not share in revenues" until the football shares of the other 11 members each exceed $2.3M, "the worth of UH's local TV and pay-per-view package, annually." The other members are "expected to average" about $1.5M each annually, "depending upon bonuses, from the combined deals with ESPN and CBS." UH officials also said that the school will "not receive the $300,000 bonus for conference-controlled games that air on designated national networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and ESPN2) or the $200,000 bonus for Saturday games on those outlets" (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 3/21).