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Tums
03-26-2013, 12:50 PM
A decision could come soon on Tulsa, which garners strong support within the membership to become the league's 12th school, according to a source.

“The decision is on [commissioner] Mike [Aresco]'s desk,” the source said.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/jeremy-fowler/21949217/big-east-faces-decisions-on-tulsa-new-name


Looks like some more dominoes could be falling soon.

Troy87
03-27-2013, 06:06 AM
If Tulsa goes to the "Old Big East", then expect CUSA to extend an invite to WKU. However, it would be too late for them to move until after this upcoming academic year, 2013-14.

It's likely ESPN will review the current CUSA TV contract in the next year, and based on what the current CUSA looks like compared to what it looked like a year or so ago, I think the value of that contract is diminished, and ESPN acts accordingly. If the TV contract is deemed to be less valuable, then the number of bowl tie-ins could also be reduced (most of which come up for review after this next bowl season).

Taking all this into consideration, WKU has the potential to be the first school to get an invite from CUSA and turn it down.

Troy79
03-27-2013, 11:47 AM
If Tulsa goes to the "Old Big East", then expect CUSA to extend an invite to WKU. However, it would be too late for them to move until after this upcoming academic year, 2013-14.

It's likely ESPN will review the current CUSA TV contract in the next year, and based on what the current CUSA looks like compared to what it looked like a year or so ago, I think the value of that contract is diminished, and ESPN acts accordingly. If the TV contract is deemed to be less valuable, then the number of bowl tie-ins could also be reduced (most of which come up for review after this next bowl season).

Taking all this into consideration, WKU has the potential to be the first school to get an invite from CUSA and turn it down.

This morning on the local radio, one of WKU's coaches has said that this will be their last season in the Belt as they are about to move on to C-USA. We will have to wait and see who will become our 12th team once this becomes official.

Go TROY!

BamaBlazer
03-28-2013, 10:13 AM
It's likely ESPN will review the current CUSA TV contract in the next year, and based on what the current CUSA looks like compared to what it looked like a year or so ago, I think the value of that contract is diminished, and ESPN acts accordingly.

C-USA doesn't have a regular season contract with ESPN. We have contracts with CBS and FOX.

Troy87
03-29-2013, 06:48 AM
C-USA doesn't have a regular season contract with ESPN. We have contracts with CBS and FOX.

Regardless, it doesn't change the likelihood the TV contracts proprietors will take advantage of a "look in" clause to evaluate the product they intend to broadcast.