When Boise State made its decision to jump to the Big East in football, the Broncos were counting on the league to provide additional exposure and revenue.
In the end, the quickly crumbling Big East was unable to deliver either or even a television proposal for the Broncos to consider.
Thats why Boise State President Bob Kustra made his decision Monday to keep the Broncos in the more geographically coherent Mountain West in all sports.
That was it right there, Kustra said Wednesday in his first public comments about the decision. If you dont have anything to compare something to, and when you see that there is instability and no media contract on the table, thats when you realize that youre probably better closer to home.
The Idaho Statesman obtained the new agreement between Boise State and the Mountain West on Wednesday morning. The three-page document outlines provisions for the Broncos re-entry into the league.
MOUNTAIN WEST TO HELP PAY OTHER EXIT FEES
Before Mondays decision, Boise State was set to join the Big East in football and the Big West in most other sports July 1. The Broncos owe up to $5 million to the Big East and $1.5 million to the Big West despite not playing a single game in either conference.
The Mountain West will use Boise States 2012-13 year-end distribution expected to be about $2.5 million and up to $500,000 of league money to help pay those exit fees. The Broncos would have forfeited the year-end payment for leaving the league.
We owe and we will honor our commitment to pay, Kustra said of the Big West fee.
Per its contract with Boise State, the Big East exit fee can be reduced if the league fails to meet certain thresholds.
DISPUTE OVER NATIONAL TELEVISION BONUS
The Mountain West agreed to three provisions that will change the way the league distributes revenue to its members: a national television exposure bonus, a 50-50 split of bowl profits and a 50-50 split for performance bonuses for additional BCS payments.
Ive felt all along that there ought to be a way you compensate for performance, Kustra said.
But the school and the league disagree on which games count toward the national television exposure bonus, which will pay teams $300,000 for appearances on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and an additional $200,000 for Saturday games on those networks.
The agreement states it applies to regular season football games. Boise State said it applies to all regular season games home and road, conference and nonconference. Next year the Broncos play out-of-league games at Washington and at BYU, two games likely to earn the bonus.
However, the Mountain West claims the bonus only applies to games for which the league owns the television rights, meaning Boise States games at Washington and BYU would not apply. The league is not able to sell those games or make any money off them.
The Broncos would have earned $1.1 million in 2012 under its interpretation of the rule and $800,000 under the Mountain Wests view.
Boise State and the Mountain West told the Statesman on Wednesday they would discuss their differing takes on the rule.
Whichever view wins out, the Broncos could reap significant benefits, particularly since their home games are likely to be sold as a package to one of networks.
We can see that we are going to have some opportunities for national exposure to get those TV bonuses, Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said.
Boise State said it would play an active role in marketing and selling the rights to its home football games, which are not part of the Mountain Wests current television contract with CBS Sports.
Our goal will be two-fold maximizing exposure and maximizing revenue, said Kevin Satterlee, the schools vice president and general counsel.
Kustra and Coyle said football coach Chris Petersen was kept in the loop throughout the process and he approved of the decision.
After all, after we make the decision, he has to hop on the plane with his team and play wherever those games might be, Kustra said.
NOT LEAVING OUT SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State played a critical role in getting Boise States other sports programs into the Big West, a key part of the decision to join the Big East in football.
Kustra and Coyle have become close with their San Diego State counterparts. So the Broncos insisted that the Mountain West find room for the Aztecs, who are scheduled to join the Big East in July.
The new agreement calls for the Mountain West to extend an invitation to San Diego State to join the league before offering membership to any other school. The option expires Jan. 31.
We feel like San Diego State was there for Boise State and we ought to be there for them, Kustra said.
The Aztecs have not made their intentions known at this point.
If the league gets to 12 football-playing members Boise State makes 11 the Mountain Wests intent is to divide into divisions and play a conference championship game at the home of the team ranked highest in the BCS Standings.
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