ESPN juice put BYU able to obtain an invite to the Big 12 on Friday however that relationship contracted by 2026 is undefined after the Cougars go away independence in 2023.
It isn’t that it might finish, it simply hasn’t been mentioned, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe mentioned whereas talking on BYUtv on Friday.
How massive was ESPN for the Cougars as an impartial? According to Nichole Auerbach, writing in The Athletic, an business supply shared that BYU’s ESPN video games “typically garner larger audiences than the remaining Big 12 faculties in comparable home windows and will improve their per-school TV income by about $2 million yearly within the Big 12’s subsequent deal.”
BYU AD Tom Holmoe says the settlement BYU has with ESPN should be “mentioned and negotiated” now that BYU is becoming a member of the Big 12 in 2023.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) September 10, 2021
ESPN brokered offers with BYU to play myriad Power Five faculties, plus Boise State. Those marquee video games included Texas, Michigan, USC, Washington, Michigan State, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wisconsin, (*12*), Cal, UCLA, Missouri, Arizona, Arizona State, West Virginia and LSU.
When BYU left the Mountain West Conference for independence in 2010, the contract included a clause that might launch BYU’s first-tier media rights from ESPN if the Cougars had been invited to affix a Power Five convention.
How will that change when BYU joins the Big 12?
“It hasn’t been mentioned,” mentioned Holmoe. “It hasn’t even come up and we haven’t talked about it.”
What Holmoe has talked about with the Big 12 is how BYUtv might be part of the league, and commissioner Bob Bowlsby was suggested to look into it.
The ESPN pact with the Cougars is considered as a useful connection.
“One of the nice issues about ESPN, it’s concerning the individuals,” mentioned Holmoe. “It’s not simply bout that firm — the sports activities chief — however the individuals again there are unbelievable and so we now have that connection.
“They’ve been an enormous a part of our model, part of Cougar Nation. We have that and we’d like to see that proceed. They are those that helped us get all these video games. They helped us in basketball to get to the Maui Classic a number of occasions and the Diamond Head Classic.
“We aren’t going to deal with them frivolously and we’ll do the whole lot we are able to to proceed that relationship.”
BYU stays contracted with ESPN to seem within the eleventh oldest bowl recreation within the nation, the Independence Bowl, in Shreveport, Louisiana, towards a Conference USA opponent in 2021.
If the Big Ten or Big 12 is unable to ship a participant to the Cheez-It Bowl in Arizona, ESPN has slotted BYU to play in that bowl.
Since its first look within the 1974 Fiesta Bowl, BYU has performed in 37 bowl video games over the previous 45 seasons, together with 14 of the final 15 years.
BYU and ESPN renewed their contract in 2020 by the 2026 season. The settlement requires ESPN to broadcast at least 4 video games on ESPN or one in all its affiliate networks like ESPN2 every season.
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