(Ed Note: This syndicated article appears courtesy Andrew Coppens at Crystal Ball Run.)
My, how the semi-mighty have fallen.... Just two years ago the Big East turned down a $130 million a year offer for it's media rights, thinking that was a low ball offer. Well, things are about to go from bad to worse for those schools still around in the Big East - especially UConn - as ESPN.com is reporting that the Big East just received an offer for it's full media rights package from NBC Sports that will pay the league between $20 to $23 million a year for the life of a six year deal.
The Big East was once one of the better conferences in the country with schools like Boston College, Miami, Syracuse, Pitt, and Va Tech in the fold. Come this summer all of those schools will be members of the ACC and the Big East is a shadow of it's former self.
So, what happened to this league and who's to blame? Well, thanks to the vote taken two years ago when ESPN offered a $1.17 billion deal for nine years we can thank the presidents of the universities in the league at the time for their no vote and what's come since then.no comments