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Welcome to "Second Guess" Tuesday.
This is much like two-for-Tuesday specials, but with opinions instead of pasta.
Would it really cost a Conference USA member school only $400,000 in exit fees to leave for another league?
Not even close.
Granted, it sounded like that at first.
When C-USA commissioner Judy MacLeod had an informal chat with media members during the recent Conference USA Football Kickoff event in Irving, Texas, she reportedly commented that the exit fee would be two year's worth of revenue.
So, lots of people leaped to the conclusion MacLeod was talking about just television revenue. Since the projected television revenue in 2016-17 and 2017-18 is only $200,000 annually per school, folks arrived at the $400,000 exit figure.
But as it turns out, the exit fee isn't based on only television revenue.
"It would include any revenue allocated after a school would submit their notice of withdrawal," explained Courtney Morrison-Archer, C-USA's associate commissioner for public affairs. "Schools must provide 14 months notice.
"So, before May 1 of year 20XX to withdraw June 30 of year 20XX plus one."
And that includes all revenue?
"All revenue," confirmed Morrison-Archer.
That makes a lot more sense, not to mention a lot more dollars.
According to figures published by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Va., C-USA is projected to have $53,757,000 in revenue for 2016-17.
read more: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall_sports/chuck-landon-fees-for-exiting-c-usa-not-cheap/article_ee3aa126-5615-5354-bec2-c0cad747762a.html
By Coach Bill Lewis
Tough situation for Marshall...
There’s been a focus in Houston lately around the Houston Cougars, their chances of jumping to the Big 12, one of college football’s power conferences. The Cougars are looking to secure their future in college athletics, and school officials doubt they have a bright future as a member of the American Athletic Conference. But while UH fans, athletes and administrators might feel otherwise, the school is in a good position, no matter what happens.
While the American Athletic Conference is relatively new, it’s rather stable when compared to some of the other non-power conferences. The conference provides lots of primetime television exposure on ESPN and its family of networks. The television money, while not as lucrative as in conferences like the Big 10 or the SEC, is decent.
This is not the case in the other non-power football conferences. Take for instance Conference USA which once was situated much as the American is now. Many of its major members, UH, Cincinnati, Memphis and Louisville, have been poached by other conferences. That has meant the loss of major television markets, meaning less conference interest and a much lower profile.
And while the American has a somewhat high profile deal with ESPN, Conference USA just entered into new media rights deals with four different parties that result in less revenue for member schools than before. This results from C-USA being the first of the minor conferences to renegotiate its media deals during a time of industry belt-tightening. The Big 10 might be entering into new major deals and the NFL and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament might be selling broadcast rights for tons of dollars, but other sports and leagues have been taking major financial hits.
read more: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/uh-might-be-looking-to-upgrade-conferences-but-what-about-rice-8509673