While the remnants of the Big East are staring at their next television contract pushing them into the mid major abyss and NBC Sports Network, the breakaway basketball schools known as the "Catholic 7" are pushing closer towards an impressive contract with Fox Sports according to Andy Katz and Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
The ESPN report sheds light on the major question in this Big East split: which would be worth more - a top flight basketball conference with no football attachment or a mediocre conference with football rights? Football has controlled realignment not just on the field, but in the offices of network executives. Football is the cash cow. Football is the driving force.
In spite of football's dominance in college sports, the Catholic 7 led basketball league appears to be worth more than the full rights to the conference they're leaving behind. From McMurphy & Katz:no comments