Boise State favors a two-division alignment and a football conference championship game for the Mountain West, which reached the required 12 teams Wednesday when San Diego State followed the Broncos path back to the league.
The Aztecs, like Boise State, were set to join the Big East in football and the Big West in most other sports in July. Boise State announced its intention to stay on Dec. 31.
The leagues athletic directors will meet soon, possibly Monday, to debate divisions and a conference championship game, Commissioner Craig Thompson said.
The most natural break for the league is to split teams east-west along the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Boise State, Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah State would make up the Mountain division with Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV, San Jose State, San Diego State and Hawaii playing in the Pacific division.
Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said he had no preference for how the teams will be aligned.
This is going to be a very busy athletic director meeting, Thompson said.
Unlike Boise State, whose television rights to home football games will be sold outside of the Mountain Wests current television contract with CBS, San Diego States rights will be a part of that contract. The Mountain West can renegotiate with CBS now that the Aztecs have been added.
We gave CBS 10 San Diego State football games and 16-18 Top 25 basketball games, Thompson said. Theres good solid value in that.
It also gives the Mountain West, which was on the verge of losing its premier football (Boise State) and basketball (San Diego State) programs, stability that has been lacking since the losses of charter members Utah and BYU and football power TCU over the past few years.
There was a time period of a little bit more vulnerability than we would have liked, Thompson said. Im elated on Jan. 16 with where we are today with a 12-team league. We got the band back together.
CBS would also own the rights to the football conference championship game, which likely would be held at the site of the highest-ranked division winner. The Mountain West can negotiate a rights fee for that game.
San Diego State will receive its full share of conference revenue distribution this year. The Aztecs were to forfeit that money for leaving. The Mountain West will not provide any help with the Aztecs $1.5 million exit fee to the Big West. Because Boise State left the Big East first, San Diego State does not owe an exit fee to the league.
It could be late April before the league has a complete football schedule. The Mountain West is still negotiating with a second and, potentially, third national carrier.
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