Big Money to be Made in ESPN College Football Contract Over BCS Earnings

The countdown has more than begun. The next college football season in 2013 will be the last year for the BCS.

In 2014 the new 12-year contract with ESPN for the 10 FBS-level conferences will go in to effect. According to USA Today Sports, an anonymous source (due to subject sensitivity) gave them the information that about $400-600 million will go to these 10 conferences annually…and that’s not including the sales coming from tickets and merchandising from the championship game.

Since this revenue is going to be drawn out over the 12-year contract, numbers on how much goes to whom are yet to be decided. It’s being estimated that the revenue total will actually be less than $400 million during the first year but will progressively grow throughout the life of the contract to up to $600 million for the last year of the contract in 2025.

After expenses, here’s an estimated list of how the annual revenue is planning to be split:

  • “Power” Conferences – 71.5%
  • “Group of 5” Conferences – 27%
  • Notre Dame – slightly less than 1%
  • Remaining FBS Independents – .5%

To give a brief idea on about how much revenue that could end up being, we’ll use $500 million as an example figure. After all expenses taken into consideration, about $350-375 million would be left to spread across the 10 FBS conferences (not including revenue from the contracts with the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls). Read the rest of this entry »

College Football 2011 Week 8: In Full Swing

Bowl Champions Series LogoBy Cabrone D. Brewer

The first half of the season is in the books and from the results of the first BCS computer rankings of the season, the No. 1 LSU Tigers have carved out a nice niche in the polls.

LSU is ranked No. 1, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State in a close-knit BCS race that currently sets up two epic conference thrillers in the Big 12 and SEC later this season.

As for the games at hand this weekend for schools ranked in the current BCS poll, it should be business as usual for most of the parties involved.

Still searching for an identity this year in the SEC, No. 19 Auburn travels to Baton Rouge to take on No. 1 LSU Saturday afternoon. LSU will play without three key players — cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, running back Spencer Ware and defensive back Therold Simon — who were all suspended for Saturday’s match for a violation of team rules earlier in the week.

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Mark Cuban Wants to Take on the BCS

So Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has long been one of sports’ most outspoken figures, has turned his gaze to the BCS.

Cuban says he may attempt to use his own money to fund a playoff for college football. While nothing is set in stone yet, the basics, per ESPN Dallas, are a 12/16-team playoff where higher-seeded teams get home field and continued presence of bowl games.

Apparently, the enticement for teams is money. As Cuban explained to ESPN: “Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option. Say, ‘Look, I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.’ ”

My thoughts? I’m not a BCS guy, and I actually think Mark Cuban is a refreshing change of pace from most owners. So when a guy like Cuban, someone with ambition, business sense and well, a boatload of money, kicks around the idea of going up against the BCS and starting a playoff, it warms my heart. That being said, I have absolutely no doubt this idea would not work- mainly because it’s incredibly unlikely that the schools would want to upset the status quo by going against the BCS in that manner.

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BCS Standings Reaction: Tide Rolls Out

The biggest shakeup in the BCS standings this week didn’t even occur in the Top 5. Sure, TCU embarrassed Utah (more on that later), but the major event was #6 Alabama losing to #10 LSU.

As I wrote last week, Alabama was the prime one-loss candidate to jump the best non-automatic qualifier TCU in the BCS Standings, but the Tide’s second loss eliminated them from the discussion, and the closest one-loss team to the Horned Frogs is LSU. The difference between the Tigers and TCU is so vast (.9259 to .8170) and LSU is unlikely to get into the SEC Title Game. With a mediocre remaining schedule, it would be next to impossible for them to vault an unbeaten TCU. Read the rest of this entry »

College Football BCS Standings Reaction

Auburn UniversityBoise State, Utah and TCU should be cursing Missouri and Michigan State right about now. The Spartans and Tigers both lost, putting Alabama directly behind the three BCS busters in the most recent BCS standings, and that could kill the trio’s hopes of a Championship Game appearance.

More on that in a second. For now, let’s start at the top, where Auburn and Oregon have a massive lead in the top two spots. There’s no point in debating Oregon’s mostly awful schedule; if they and Auburn run the table, there will be no BCS-busting this season. Read the rest of this entry »

College Football’s BCS Under Attack by Congressmen

bcsIt is a rare thing to watch a sport come under attack; at least it used to be. Recently, the United States Congress has become decidedly interested in the sport of college football, and I don’t mean of a particular team either. Instead, Congress is looking at the legitimacy of the Bowl Championship Series.

The argument made by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Rep. Joe Barton of Texas states that the BCS goes against everything our country stands for and is a biased method of deciding the two best college football teams. Read the rest of this entry »


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