- Aug 26, 2011
This TV contract can only be judged in the context of what other G5 leagues get. For all the bluster, this is still a group of 5 league. When i see other G5 top what he got in terms of money and exposure, then sure. What ECU, Tulane, and Tulsa are getting, I'm sure are numbers they have never come close to previously. Same for UCF, Houston, Memphis etc.Lol, "Mount Rushmore of commissioners?" Really?
As I've said often, the AAC is a bad fit for UConn. A northeastern land grant university with a strong brand and name recognition was always going to be a bad fit in southern/western conference of upstart and has been directional and city schools. So I agree, that Aresco's performance can be abysmal for UConn but good for the rest of the schools. But here's the thing, college sports has become a shooting war of every increasing expenditures. The way the successful conferences fund that is through media money. That was specifically why Aresco, a TV executive, was hired. That is the thing he has singularly failed to deliver.
Oh he has his reasons for failure, but every failed executive has excuses. The Mount Rushmore of executives are the ones that overcome those excuses and succeed regardless. His big success is the exposure he got us in lieu of a reasonable payoff. Of course that can also be viewed as ESPN getting content at next to nothing. Who really won on that exchange?
But wait he got us this great media deal which lasts to 2032, right? Yes he did. Of course he only is getting marginally more on an annual per school basis than a nine year old basketball only conference deal. Not particularly impressive. But wait there's more... the supposed $7M per school he got? That is number that is in effect in 2032, the current amount is less. Wow, that sucks pretty bad right, but it gets even worse. That number is a gross number. Since the ACC will have to bear their own production costs, estimated at $2M per year, that means that in 2032 the ACC will be making about $1M more than the NBE is making today. Oh and that doesn't count the fact that AAC schools will have to make capital investments so that they have production capability.
Aresco on the "Mount Rushmore of commissioners?" I think not. Perhaps he desires a plaque near the men's room in the "Hall of Suckery" though.
I said this long before the contract was signed, but what schools like Memphis were bound to see as an amazing contract wasn't going to apply to us.
The Big East got Fox to over pay but their ratings have been a mixed bag. Getting UConn back is a huge chip to their future bargaining situation.
I just want to see us negotiate our way out of the AAC, to begin seeing what is in store for football.