- Aug 26, 2011
Rule # 2. ESPN blanks UConn. So expect The AAC to get more money from ESPN.
How does adding Buffalo and UMass add eyeballs. That requires that someone cares enough to watch them play on television.This guy is hardly an endorsement of UConns law school. He sounds immaturely vindictive.
If UConn negotiates for a reduced exit fee, he’s really downplaying the “damages” the conference is suffering.
If he was bright, he’d try to arrange keeping UConn FB only, then add UMass and Buffalo as FB only too. At reduced payout. Adds NY and NE eyeballs, potential rivalries, and creates a second core in the Northeast.
Opportunity’s knocking but he’s sleeping.
What? Versus Tulsa and Tulane?How does adding Buffalo and UMass add eyeballs. That requires that someone cares enough to watch them play on television.
You're trying to argue who people should want to watch play, as opposed to who they do watch play. Not a discussion worth having.What? Versus Tulsa and Tulane?
All three schools have undergrad enrollment over 20K.
If their FB could be bought for $2M a year it’s a bargain.
The potential exists to build a rivalry between UMass and UConn.
Two of three FBS teams in New England. The third is scared of rivalries.
CT and MA are the 3rd and 4th most densely populated states. That’s a lot of people with little college football options.
People enjoy football in NE (as in Patriots).
UMass and UConn playing as independents is an exhibition game. In the same league they could be playing for something.
D3 Williams Amherst routinely draws >10K for the “Biggest little game in America”. ESPN did college game day there.
Easy accessibility by fan bases.
And the same potential exists for Buffalo yo a lesser extent.
Go ahead, pick one of those points and base your whole counter argument on that.
Again interested people (students and grads), rivalries, and playing for something drives interest.
Rumor on Reddit is that ESPN is telling the AAC they will drop the payout $2M a year per member if the AAC doesn't keep UConn for football. I mean, it's only a rumor, but that would be simply delightful.Rule # 2. ESPN blanks UConn. So expect The AAC to get more money from ESPN.
I cringe every time I see 5 conferences claim that they deserve special TV privilege and placement in tournaments that determine national championships.The P6 marketing campaign is the worst part.
I cringe every time I see people running around with P6 flag. I have to change the station when that ‘power’ AAC tv spot is on.
It’s actually not if you use Sling to stream TV. If you bought Sling Blue, you’re blocked. I ran into this for some game last year. It’s actually a thing. So it is a problem... and some of us bought that package for football. So keep acting like it’s no big deal. You clearly had a provider where it wasn’t blocked. Not everyone has that and I don’t feel like having multiple TV streaming services...The more I have thought about this, I have come up with a different take. Let's say UConn was getting $1 million per year for women's basketball. That works out to ~$83k per AAC basketball school, which means the money really didn't matter to the other schools. Even if the AAC took $2 million per year less on the contract to exclude women's basketball, that amounts to $166k per school per year. I really don't think the other schools would want UConn to leave over ~$100k per year per school.
Plus, I think too many people have made too much of the ESPN+ part of the deal as more sports are going streaming and bundled cable packages are not the future. Big 12 entered into a similar contract with ESPN.
I think the real issue is that Aresco didn't think the ESPN+ component of the deal (streaming) was a big issue and he didn't think there was much of an exposure issue of watching games on ESPN+ vs SNY. In fact, for those out of market, ESPN+ makes more sense to purchase than SNY as there will be a lot more content. And please, some people need to stop with the "ESPN+ can only be watched on my computer" nonsense. By the time the AAC contract starts, it will be widely available by a couple of clicks on your TV.
Bottom line, the AAC media contract was not lucrative enough to keep UConn in the AAC. If the deal was $15 million per year, I think UConn would have stayed in the AAC.
There is a provision in the new media rights contract that allows ESPN to renegotiate because of Connecticut’s departure. Naturally, Aresco was not eager to discuss any potential changes to the deal.More of a rehash but couple of interesting blurbs in this Capital Gazette article:
American Athletic Conference commissioner discusses the departure of Connecticut and its impact.www.capitalgazette.com
>>Aresco had planned to take a vacation to Europe this week, but that was postponed so he could address this situation.<<
>>There is a provision in the new media rights contract that allows ESPN to renegotiate because of Connecticut’s departure. Naturally, Aresco was not eager to discuss any potential changes to the deal.
“We’re going to sit down with ESPN fairly soon. We have a great relationship with ESPN,” Aresco said. “Obviously we hope that the impact is minimal, but I really don’t want to get into it. I don’t want to do anything that would put them on the spot. We’re still a powerful conference in both revenue sports.”<<
What I want to know is whether the provision is "any team", specifically UConn or UConn and a few others.There is a provision in the new media rights contract that allows ESPN to renegotiate because of Connecticut’s departure. Naturally, Aresco was not eager to discuss any potential changes to the deal.
Funny how fans of the other schools in the American don't want to acknowledge this "little nugget."
How much would a school expect to pay a year in “production” costs that they need to cover under the new deal?