Sources: MWC Will Not End Boise State's Extra $1.8M TV Deal
The Mountain West Conference BOD has "quietly voted to rescind a decision that would end Boise State's additional slice of revenue from the conference's TV contract," according to sources cited by Mark Zeigler of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. In exchange, Boise State will "drop a legal complaint filed last month against the conference and agree to terms" of the new TV contract with CBS Sports and Fox that begins this summer. Boise State claims its "special 'carve-out' for broadcast rights to home football games," which was granted in '12 as incentive to return to the MWC after nearly leaving for the Big East, has "no expiration date and is warranted as the conference's marquee football program." The MWC's other 11 football members want TV money to be "distributed evenly no matter a program's record or pedigree, as it is in most other conferences." Zeigler notes that what "doesn't change" is the basic dispute, as Boise State will continue to receive $1.8M per year in addition to what everyone else in the conference gets through '25-26. The rest of the conference will "continue to fight for equitable distribution after that" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/7).