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Next on the agenda: BCS/Fox negotiations

The BCS’ negotiations with Fox are next on the explosive TV agenda in college sports.

Those talks are expected to begin next month. The BCS and Fox have a 30-day window to negotiate, and after that they could continue or the BCS could take its property to the marketplace.

The BCS’ current deal is worth $82.5 million a year over four years, or a little more than $20 million per game for its four games. Sports media consultant Neal Pilson projects that the per-game number will move north of $30 million, making the total annual payout to the BCS about $120 million or more.

— John Ourand and Michael Smith

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