The pending ESPN/ABC extension, combined with the Fox secondary rights, put the Big 12 in a telecast revenue league with the top deals.
The Pac-12 and Big Ten each are paying approximately $21 million in TV revenue to members, with the SEC likely getting a hike soon from its $18 million per team after adding Missouri and Texas A&M.
The ACC, even with the expansion with Pitt and Syracuse, is expected to be only in the $14-15 million range per team after its 12-year, $1.86 billion deal redone. So, the Big 12 has jumped ahead of that.
The Big East's $200 million (total, including football and basketball) with ESPN/ABC runs out after next season. The conference will get a much better deal, but it will be dividing that revenue with more than 12 football members and more than 16 basketball schools.
And it wasn't like West Virginia had a bunch of choices when it opted for Big 12 membership.
The ACC wasn't interested, and the SEC was a dream. The Pac-12?
That meant staying in a Big East that is now trumpeting Memphis football and once-was-booted Temple as great additions, or trying mightily to get the Big 12 to really stretch its geography - which it did.
West Virginia and TCU will receive percentages of full revenue sharing for three years (50, 67, 84 percent) as they build Big 12 equity. The Mountaineers, once at a full share in 2015-16, also must pay back $1 million annually (for five years) on the Big 12 loan that helped fund the Big East divorce settlement.
However, even at those reduced dollars, West Virginia will still be in a different league in TV revenue that it has been or would be in future in the Big East.
There's also a plus in football in that WVU will no longer be playing all over the calendar. The Mountaineers mostly will be looking at traditional Football Saturdays, with the occasional Thursday night or Labor Day weekend Sunday game.
With the ESPN/ABC extension still in the works formally, WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck isn't discussing it. However, if he were to speak on it, his remarks could start with something like, "I told you so."
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